FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Guests to the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition coming to Fort Worth this July will experience the scrolls through the latest advances in technology. The exhibit will be open to the public on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, July 2, 2012 – Jan. 11, 2013.
The exhibition will feature at least 16 scroll fragments, including seven that have never been seen publically, as well as many otherartifacts from the Bible Lands. While the actual scroll fragments will be displayed in cases on the exhibition floor, visitors can examine them more closely in the exhibition’s high-tech scriptorium.
This room will feature individual kiosks that display high-resolution images of the manuscripts, captured as Polynomial Texture Maps (PTM), allowing visitors to zoom in and shine a virtual flashlight on portions of each scroll fragment. In this way, visitors will be able to see the hairfollicles on the animal-skin fragments, the thickness and layering of the scribe’s writing, as well as scribal marks made visible only by infrared photography.
“By facilitating this kind of exhibition experience, we are literally putting the same resources available to scroll scholars in the hands of every visitor that comes through our door,” Bruce McCoy, director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibition, said.
Southwestern Seminary will make this high-tech experience of the scrolls available in cooperation with the University of Southern California’s West Semitic Research Project, which specializes in producing high-definition images of ancient texts and artifacts. For more informationabout the seminary’s “Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible” exhibition, visit seethescrolls.com.