The Find of the Century…

Widely considered the archaeological find of the 20th century, the Dead Sea Scrolls collection is made up of tens of thousands of parchment and papyrus fragments belonging to approximately 1000 different texts. The scrolls were written about 2000 and include the oldest known manuscripts of the five books of the Torah. As caretakers of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) preserves the scrolls for future generations using the most advanced and innovative technologies available.


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Adopt A Scroll

Help the IAA preserve one of the world's greatest manuscript collections by sponsoring the conservation of a scroll. A number of scrolls are in need of immediate conservation, and are available for adoption.

A dedication plaque bearing the donor's name will be permanently displayed next to the scroll when on exhibit, and the name of the sponsor will forever be mentioned in conjunction with the scroll.

Four Dead Sea Scrolls from the IAA’s collection have recently been conserved and preserved with the generous help of the following Friends:

Contact to sponsor a scroll.

Digital Library

The Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library is a free online digitized virtual library of the Dead Sea Scrolls using the most advanced technologies available to image a collection of more than 25,000 fragments.

With the generous lead support of the Leon Levy Foundation and additional generous support of the Arcadia Fund, the IAA and Google joined forces to develop the most advanced imaging and web technologies to bring to the web hundreds of Dead Sea Scrolls images and supporting resources in a user-friendly platform intended for the public, students and scholars alike. This digital library is another example of the IAA's vision and mission, to make these ancient texts freely available and accessible to people around the world. The Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library represents a new milestone in the annals of the story of one of the greatest manuscript finds of all times.