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sexta-feira, 8 de fevereiro de 2013

The Dead Sea Scrolls, now online!

Perhaps you already heard about the Dead Sea Scrolls, but if you don't, they are a set of ancient texts found inside some caves in the Dead See (hence their name, yes?), between 1946 and 1956, and what makes this bunch of old paper so important to the egocentric "pseudo-historical-or-not" registers of humankind, is that part of them is the oldest copy of the Old Testament of the Bible we ever found until today.

The scrolls also have stories and prophecies that are not part of the Bible and a set of doctrines of the community to whom the scrolls used to belong.

Considering now that you are a great reader in Hebrew, Aramaic, Ancient Greek and Nabatean, thanks to Google, advanced techniques of high resolution photographs developed by NASA and the Israel Antiquities Authority, now it is possible to check all this old hand writings online, for free and with quality enough to observe the texture of the parchments.

To me, and I'm one of those idiots who finds everything fascinating, it is always interesting to see how it is possible to learn things from this old registers, specially in this case where the know text is, in some sense, an evolution of this original one. The vale works to the stories and prophecies that are not in the Bible, that may not be unknown from other copies, these are the oldest ones.

There is also a scientific side of possibilities that is quite interesting, as an example, an Historian, or a curious man, or maybe just a crazy dude with lots of free time, who know a little about those languages, before would have to travel to Israel, stay there for who know how much time to read all and only then find out something amazing. The same way that Google Maps, or Google Earth, are been used by common people in a great number of ways to study and discover things like unknown meteorite impact sites, or geological evidences of global warming, who knows what this kind of opportunity may provide.

Personally, I'm eagerly waiting the day when a telescope will be free to be used by anyone, online. It would be great, even if you had to put your name in a list and wait something like 6 months to play. Yes, "to play".

But, for now, to visit the website and check the scrolls, just click the image.