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(EMAILWIRE.COM, December 29, 2012 ) San Francisco, CA -- The Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library was launched just before Christmas for all to have an opportunity to look through the sacred scrolls.

The repository is a growing high-resolution collection of the 2,00-year-old scrolls, which are now available to all. The documents were recently only available to a small section of scholars, who had been working to study and decipher the contents.

The works, which hold some basic tenants of the origin of Judaism and Christianity, are the online for the first time. They offer a new opportunity for many as they contain new photographs that illuminate text that has only recently been read since their long-ago creation.

The scrolls are a collection of over 900 different texts that were discovered in a series of caves across Qumran in the 1940s and 1950s. There are currently tens of thousands of fragments. Some are as small as a dime, while others are near-full pages. The fragments are written in Greek, Aramaic, and ancient Hebrew. Many of the scrolls were secreted away into the caves that were constructed as libraries, according to experts.

Among the documents are copies of texts and non-religious works, such as rules of etiquette and social behavior rule sets. However, the Scrolls are best know for holding almost the entirety of the Hebrew Bible as well as the Christian Old Testament. One of the most heralded pieces of the works is the oldest known copy of the ten Commandments.

What is making noise regarding the new online version of the scrolls is the ability to look over the 'illegible' sections of the text. The sections have been ravaged by time, animals, insects, and so forth; however, a new imaging technique known as multispectral photography is making them viewable.

By using the 39-megapixel camera that is controlled by a specialized computer, there are now dozens of images that have heretofore been unviewable by the human eye. The first of those images is now being added to the Dead Sea Scrolls site as part of the ongoing crowd-sourced project.

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