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Dead Sea Scrolls Are Now Available Online
2012-12-18 13:31:36

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The Internet is an amazing thing, opening up the doors to countless libraries and allowing for the travel to countless destinations. Today, Google and the Israel Antiquities Authority have partnered up to remind us all of just how amazing it is to live in the information age. The Dead Sea Scrolls contain the earliest known biblical documents and, as such, carry an immense religious significance all across the world. These...

2011-02-02 13:54:17

Israeli authorities said Wednesday that the pursuit of a gang of grave robbers has led to the discovery of an ancient church outside Jerusalem that may contain the burial place of the biblical prophet Zechariah. An earthquake destroyed the church about 1,300 years ago and it lay partly buried until detectives from Israel's Antiquities Authority noticed an elaborate doorpost poking through the earth. The robbers got away but after weeks of digging, archaeologists uncovered the remains of the...

2010-11-23 08:50:00

Israeli archaeologists announced on Monday that they had uncovered an ancient Roman bathhouse that likely was used by soldiers nearly 2,000 years ago. The discovery came as the archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority were overseeing the excavation at a site where a new miqve (a ritual bath) was being built in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem, the organization announced in a press release. The approximately 1,800 year old bathhouse was built in the city of Aelia Capitolina, which...

2010-10-19 12:50:00

The 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls will soon be available online for all to take a look at. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), which is the custodian of the scrolls, said on Tuesday that it was collaborating with Google's research and development center in Israel to upload digitized images of the entire collection. Advanced imaging technology will be installed in the IAA's laboratories early next year and high-resolution images of each of the scrolls' 30,000 fragments will be freely...

2010-02-16 06:17:42

Israeli archaeologists announced Monday they have discovered an octagon shaped 1,400-year-old wine press, which was exceptionally large and advanced for its time. The press measures 21 feet by 54 feet and was discovered about 25 miles south of both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. "What we have here seems to be an industrial and crafts area of a settlement from the sixth- to seventh century, which was situated in the middle of an agricultural region," said excavation director Uzi Ad of the Israel...

2009-12-22 06:25:00

Israeli archaeologists have uncovered a home dating back to the time of Jesus in the town of Nazareth where he is said to have spent the better part of his life. The discovery has been made close to the spot millions believe was the home of his mother, Mary. According to the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), their discovery reveals a building that consisted of two rooms and a courtyard in which there was a rock-hewn cistern into which rainwater was conveyed. Archaeologist Yardena...

2009-09-17 09:13:00

Science Museum exhibition opens March 12 and will be the first to display three sets of five scrolls ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Science Museum of Minnesota announced that tickets for the upcoming The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition go on sale today. The Dead Sea Scrolls will open at the Science Museum on Friday, March 12, 2010, offering visitors an exclusive chance to explore the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century -- one that has great...

2009-09-13 08:50:00

The Israel Antiquities Authority reported on Friday that Israeli archaeologists have uncovered one of the oldest depictions of a menorah. The menorah, a seven-branched candelabra that has come to symbolize Judaism, was engraved in stone around two centuries ago and found in a synagogue recently discovered near the Sea of Galilee. Other items uncovered at the site, including pottery, coins and tools, indicate the synagogue dates to the period of the second Jewish temple in Jerusalem, where the...

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