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The Israel Antiquities Authority, in cooperation with the Israel Museum and Google, have begun a decade-long project to display one of the most important Christian archaeological discoveries online free of charge. 

The scrolls were first discovered in 1947 by Bedouin shepherds, which prompted an extensive search of the area that unearthed hundreds more. Archaeologists believe the Dead Sea Scrolls date back to the third century BC, making them the oldest Christian manuscripts ever found. 

The Digital Dead Sea Scrolls Project allows visitors to inspect high-resolution scans of four of the scrolls, with more to be added later. Translations of the manuscript are also accessible for each scroll. 

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