The Dead Sea Scrolls in Teaneck, N.J.

Dr. Steven Fine of Yeshiva University and the West Semitic Research Project have worked at digitizing some scroll fragments that were kept by Athanasius Samuel, the Syrian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, when he moved to New Jersey.

From Yeshiva University News…

Jul 26, 2010 — When the first Dead Sea Scrolls were sold to famed archaeologist Yigael Yadin in 1949 by Athanasius Samuel—the Syrian patriarch of Jerusalem, who was by then living in America—he kept a few fragments for his own collection. This past spring, a team of scholars, including Dr. Steven Fine, professor of Jewish history at Yeshiva University, set up a lab at the Patriarchate, now in Teaneck, NJ, and digitized these priceless documents.

For over three years, YU has been actively participating in a partnership with the West Semitic Research Project (WSRP), a research group founded and directed by Dr. Bruce Zuckerman, professor of religion at the University of Southern California. Over the last 30 years, Zuckerman and his colleagues have developed a wide range of imaging technologies to record and distribute high-resolution images of ancient Near Eastern texts—the latest of which, a light-imaging technology called Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI), is poised to revolutionize the way scholars visualize texts and artifacts from the ancient world. With RTI, one can even see the thicknesses of the ink strokes and where and how they cross one another on a Dead Sea Scroll…[See HERE]

HT: J. Lauer

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