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AI Shows 2 Scribes Wrote One of the Dead Sea Scrolls

By New Scientist

April 23, 2021

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One of the Dead Sea Scrolls was authored by two scribes with very similar handwriting, according to researchers at the Netherlands' University of Groningen.

The team analyzed digital images of the Great Isaiah Scroll, closely studying variations in the shape and style of its Hebrew lettering, and determined the manuscript was halved and written by two different scribes.

Charlotte Hempel at the U.K.'s University of Birmingham said, "Part of the reason why artificial intelligence research was needed to allow the authors of this groundbreaking study to confirm the identification of two different scribes, is that the two hands are rather similar and may be compatible with a single scribe who changed his pen."

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