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Hebrew University Starts New Bible Project; Based on Dead Sea Scrolls

The Hebrew University has embarked on a massive Bible project which will take several decades to complete, it was announced here today by Dr. Binyamin Mazar, president of the university.

The project is the compilation of a new comprehensive scientific edition of the Bible based on the Dead Sea scrolls, the Samaritan Pentateuch, the recently recovered Masoritic Ben-Asher manuscript of the Bible, biblical texts found in the Talmud and Mishna as well as fragments scattered throughout the world in universities and libraries.

Experts are already working on the Book of Isaiah, the first to be published and which is expected to be completed by 1965. Among the sponsors of the project are the Edmond de Rothschild Fund, Charles Rosenbloom of Pittsburgh, the Litauer Foundation and the Israel Ministry of Education and Culture.