Thanks to Google and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, you can now fire up your browser and start taking a good, close look at The Dead Sea Scrolls, the ancient biblical texts found between 1947 and 1956, right on the shores of the Dead Sea. The Scrolls were originally written between the third and first centuries BCE, and they constitute the oldest known pieces of the Hebrew Bible. Since 1965, they have been on display in Jerusalem. But no matter where you live, you can view five digitized Dead Sea Scrolls, each photographed at a resolution of 1,200 megapixels. That’s roughly 200 times greater than your average camera.
To learn more about The Dead Sea Scrolls, watch this free lecture from The Great Courses: “Revealing the Dead Sea Scrolls to the World” presented by Gary A. Rendsburg, Rutgers. (Get more free lectures by The Great Courses here.)
And, to put all of this context, please visit this free course from Yale University: Introduction to the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) by Christine Hayes. You will find it listed in our big collection of Free Courses Online.