Recent Project:

Scripta Qumranica – The Dead Sea Scrolls Project

The Dead Sea Scrolls aren’t dead to us! Or to anyone else passionate about biblical archaeology. Since being discovered in a series of caves near the Dead Sea in 1946, these fragile bits of papyrus containing fragments of the bible dating back thousands of years, have been studied, analyzed, and admired by historians and scholars all over the world.

So we couldn’t have been more excited when we were asked by a team of researchers led by Dr. Bronson Brown-deVost, based at University of Gottingen to develop a new visual editor for the scrolls, as part of the Scripta Qumranica Electronica project. The editor will allow scholars to display and manipulate fragments of the scrolls like puzzle pieces in an effort to reassemble the original scrolls. We created the scroll editor’s front  end using VUE.js and the TypeScript superset of JavaScript, to allow it to work on desktops and tablets. We designed and implemented the back end using .NET core.

On a personal note, Joan Levin, our Director of Academic Outreach, was proposed to by her husband at Qumran. If you’d like to hear the story, which includes a 1997 Gewurztraminer, a locked gate, and an Israeli security team, feel free to contact her directly. (Spoiler alert – she said yes)

 
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