Jerusalem - More than six decades since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls - and thousands of years after they were written - Israel put 5,000 images of the ancient biblical artifacts online in a partnership with Google.
The digital library contains the Book of Deuteronomy, which includes the second listing of the Ten Commandments, and a portion of the first chapter of the Book of Genesis, dated to the first century B.C.
Israeli officials said this is part of an attempt by the custodians of the celebrated manuscripts - often criticised for allowing them to be monopolised by small circles of scholars - to make them broadly available.
“Only five conservators worldwide are authorised to handle the Dead Sea Scrolls,” said Shuka Dorfman, director of the Israel Antiquities Authority. “Now, everyone can touch the scroll on screen around the globe.”
Last year, Google partnered with the Israel Museum to put five scrolls online.