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The   S C R I P T A   Q U M R A N I C A   E L E C T R O N I C A   project (SQE) is all about bringing the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, first discovered by beduins in 1947 and today curated at the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) and the Shrine of the Book, to the digital age. Its aim is to provide a new standard online platform for Dead Sea Scrolls editing and to prepare pioneer Digital Scholarly Editions of Qumran Texts. It is the intention of the SQE project to provide the public with world-wide free access to its tools for Dead Sea Scrolls research. The resulting dynamic, extensible, and collaborative platform will ultimately set the stage for the next generation of Dead Sea Scrolls research.

By combining two major databases (the digital images of all known Qumran fragments at the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library, IAA, Jerusalem, and the textual and linguistic data for all texts included in the Qumran­wörter­buch, Qumran Dictionary, at Göttingen Academy), SQE brings together scholars of the Scrolls and AI as well as database specialists on the one hand, as well as a broader public on the other hand. The highly customized and cutting-edge tools will enable scholars and students of the Scrolls (and more than 25.000 fragments) deeper insights than previously thought possible.

The basic concept of the SQE Project

Currently, the joint Göttingen/Haifa project consists of two editorial (one for each university) and two IT teams (Göttingen Academy and Tel Aviv University), as well as several additional partners. The principal investigators are Prof. Dr. Reinhard G. Kratz (Theo­logical Faculty, University of Göttingen) and Prof. Dr. Jonathan Ben-Dov (Faculty of Humanities, University of Haifa), together with Prof. Dr. Nachum Dersho­witz (School of Computer Science, Tel Aviv University). Co­operation partners include the Israel Antiquities Authority (Pnina Shor, Dr. Joe Uziel), the Department of Hebrew Culture Studies at Tel Aviv University (Prof. Dr. Noam Mizrahi), and the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Huma­nities (apl. Prof. Dr. Ingo Kott­sieper).

Sketch of the SQE Project
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The SQE project is a German-Israeli co­operation financed through the
German-Israeli Project Coordi­nation (DIP) of the DFG (German Research Foundation).