The Google-Powered, Digital Dead Sea Scrolls are a History Buff's Dream

By Mario Aguilar on at

Five of the Dead Sea Scrolls—the world's oldest biblical documents—are now viewable online as searchable, high-resolution images thanks to Google. Talk about some priceless Google Docs.

The scrolls are available in the Israel Museum's online collections just a year after the project started. Developed in partnership with Google the website allows users to dive into the 2,000 year old documents—literally. The images are 1,200 megapixes, which is huge enough to zoom until you can see minuscule cracks in the parchment. Thanks to Google's technology, the scrolls are also easy to navigate. The images load crazy fast and navigate with a smooth slider. Phrases from the documents even turn up in Google search results that will take you to directly to your favorite passage from the early-Christian era. Rejoice! [The Telegraph]