Google, the IAA, and the Dead Sea Scrolls

The IAA has sent out an invitation to a press conference on Tuesday (Dec 18th) regarding advances that Google has attained and will implement with their digitization of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

The invitation reads as follows:

Invitation to a Press Conference in Jerusalem – Tuesday, December 18, 2012

“In the Beginning God Created the Heaven and the Earth”:

The Dead Sea Scrolls – Now at the Touch of a Screen 

An invitation to a press conference of the Israel Antiquities Authority and Google Israel to celebrate the launching of an innovative website featuring thousands of photographs of the scrolls in unprecedented quality

For the first time, photographs of the most recognized, holy biblical manuscripts will be uploaded to the web as they were written 2,000 years ago, including the Ten Commandments, Chapter 1 of Genesis, Psalms and more – along with extensive information and an advanced search engine

The new website to be presented at the press conference was developed during the past two years, and it will make the most important archaeological finds of the 20th century accessible to both scholars and the general public.

The event will take place at 10:00 AM in the offices of the Israel Antiquities Authority in the Rockefeller Museum, Jerusalem, in Hebrew and English.

For permission to enter, kindly send an email to and include the participant’s name, the name of the media and vehicle license plate number.

Following the press conference there will be an opportunity to photograph the Israel Antiquities Authority’s Dead Sea Scrolls conservation lab and unique imaging studio. The laboratories are on the Israel Museum campus (with no affiliation the Shrine of the Book)


For further information: Yoli Shwartz, Israel Antiquities Authority spokesperson, 052-5991888, or

Yael Hagar at Stern – Ariely Public Relations, 052-3584132/

HT: J. Lauer!


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