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AI Shows 2 Scribes Wrote One of the Dead Sea Scrolls

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A portion of the Great Isaiah Scroll, unrolled.

Artificial intelligence has confirmed that one of the ancient manuscripts of the Dead Sea Scrolls was penned by two scribes who wrote with very similar handwriting, rather than being the result of a single persons work.

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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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