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The Dead Sea Scrolls Online: Taking On A [Second] Life Of Their Own

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The Israel Museums 2008 conference on the Dead Sea Scrolls and Contemporary Culture served to update the scholarly community on the most recent developments in Scrolls research, underlining the reconceptualization and recontextualization of the Scrolls in a contemporary world. This chapter focuses on the Scrolls and their electronic message, and the different ways in which their significance can now be communicated to schoolchildren, university students, and the public in meaningful ways. It marks some of the Scrolls digital footprints, and invites one to go behind the scenes of the New Media Unit to see the kinds of solutions we have developed in the museum. We find that we are on a constantly changing roller-coaster learning curve, because in contrast to Dead Sea Scrolls scholarship the field of new media flashes by at the crack of a sound byte and evolves at a speed that not only demands innovative responses.

Keywords: Dead Sea Scrolls; digital footprints; Israel Museum



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