Virtual Dead Sea scrolls get more than a million hits in just one week

More than a million people have visited a new website featuring high-resolution photographs of several Dead Sea Scrolls since the site was launched less than a week ago by the Israel Museum and Google Israel.

The website provides a detailed view of five of the most complete scrolls, which were found at Qumran and date from around the Second Temple period, nearly 2,000 years ago.

Among the scrolls featured on the website is the Book of Isaiah.

The actual scrolls are part of the Israel Museum’s “Shrine of the Book” collection in Jerusalem.

An analysis of the visitors to the site, which can be accessed directly at or through the museum’s general website, reveals broad interest from almost every country on earth, including Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and Syria.

While the museum had anticipated wide interest in the website, interest has exceeded expectations. Between last Monday, when the website was launched, and Sunday morning, Google logged 1,042,104 visitors to the site, which not only provides an opportunity to see detailed images of the five scrolls, but also features an English translation.

I’m sure many of those hits were from me, ha ha! I have visited several times because I find those scrolls so fascinating.

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