Monday, October 25, 2010
**In This Issue**
- Dead Sea
Scrolls To Be Digitized
What Does the Bible Say About...?
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Scrolls To Be Digitized
Note: I thought that this news excerpt from a recent Israeli news
outlet, Isranet, would be of interest to all of us... preserving God's history.
As part of the celebrations on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of its
establishment, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) is launching a unique
project-The Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library- to document the entire
collection of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
A major lead gift from the Leon Levy Foundation, with additional major funding,
will enable the IAA to use the most advanced and innovative technologies
available to image the entire collection of 900 manuscripts comprising some
30,000 Dead Sea Scrolls fragments in hi-resolution and multi-spectrum and make
the digitized images freely available and accessible to anyone anywhere in the
world on the Internet.
This is the first time that the collection of scrolls will be photographed in
its entirety since the 1950s. The IAA announced today that it is collaborating
with the Google R&D [research and development] center in Israel in this
milestone project to upload not only all of the digitized Scrolls images but
also additional data online that will allow users to perform meaningful searches
across a broad range of data in a number of languages and formats. This will
result in unprecedented scholarly and popular access to the scrolls and related
research and scholarship and should lead to new insights into the world of the
The innovative imaging technology to be used in the project has been developed
by MegaVision, a US based company and will be installed in the IAA’s
laboratories in early 2011. The MegaVision system will enable the digital
imaging of every scroll fragment in various wavelengths in the highest
resolution possible and allow long-term monitoring for preservation purposes in
a non-invasive and precise manner. The images will be equal in quality to the
actual physical viewing of the Scrolls, thus eliminating the need for reexposure
of the scrolls and allowing their preservation for future generations.
The technology will also help rediscover writing and letters that have
”vanished” over the years; with the help of infra-red light and wavelengths
beyond, these writings will be brought “back to life,” facilitating new
possibilities in Dead Sea Scrolls research.
According to Shuka Dorfman, IAA General Director, "We are establishing a
milestone connection between progress and the past to preserve this unique
heritage for future generations. At the end of a comprehensive and profound
examination, we have succeeded in recruiting the best minds and technological
means to preserve this unrivalled cultural heritage treasure which belongs to
all of us, so that the public with a click of the mouse will be able to freely
access history in its fullest glamour.
"We are proud to be embarking on a project that will provide unlimited access to
one of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th century, crucial to
biblical studies and the history of Judaism and early Christianity. We are
profoundly grateful to Shelby White and the Leon Levy Foundation for their lead
major gift and to the Arcadia Foundation for its major gift to this project."
The announcement this morning comes after three years of research in which the
IAA investigated the best imaging technologies, information systems and
preservation methods and raised the necessary funds to begin the project. Pnina
Shor is the project manger on behalf of the IAA and is assisted by academic
institutions and the best professionals in their respective fields in Israel and
(Excerpts of an article by Edgar Asher, Isranet, October 19, 2010)
What Does the Bible Say About...?
In this section of the Reflections Newsletter we answer questions that have been asked. If
you have a question that you would like ask, and do not mind having printed
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for this issue is, "How did Mary Magdalene expect to get into the
tomb of Jesus, given the fact that the Romans had sealed it and forbidden
anyone to open it under penalty of death?"
Two possibilities exist that may provide the answer to this question. The first is that Mary was unaware of the guard at the tomb. In Matthew's account of the burial of Christ Jesus, we are told:
And there were Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulcher... Matthew 27:61 KJV ER
In other words, they were "nearby." But we are told in verse 62 that it was not until the following day that the guards were posted.
The other possibility is that Mary knew about the guards, but she also thought that they would have been withdrawn by the time she returned. When the Jews petitioned Pilate for the guards, they asked him that the tomb "be made sure until the third day", in Matthew 27:64. That request by the Jewish leaders was because that was the time frame that Christ Jesus had prophesied His resurrection. Of note here is that of Pilate's response to the Jewish leaders was, "Pilate said to them, you have a watch (your own guards): go your way, make it as sure as you can" (Matthew 27:65 KJV ER). But Mary might not have been aware that the guards were still on duty (Matthew 28:2-4) when she headed back to the tomb.
By that time, Christ Jesus had already risen from the dead. Recall that the stone was not rolled away to let Jesus out of the tomb. He who rose from the dead would not have any problem emerging from the tomb. The stone was rolled away so that Christ Jesus' disciples could see that He was no longer there. When those who arrived first at the tomb made this discovery, the word was quickly spread.
**MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK**
said Jesus to them,
shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the
shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.
But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.
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