December 4, 2013

Two world-class libraries launch online archive of ancient Scriptures

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Two of the world’s great libraries -- the Vatican Library in Rome and the Bodleian Library at Oxford University -- have scanned and loaded the first of 1.5 million pages of ancient Hebrew, Greek and early Christian manuscripts online Tuesday (Dec. 3). Pictured here, "De claris mulieribus (ed. Albertus de Placentia and Augustinus de Casali Maiori) (Ferrara Laurentius de Rubeis, de Valentia, 29 Apr." Photo courtesy Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

Two of the world’s great libraries -- the Vatican Library in Rome and the Bodleian Library at Oxford University -- have scanned and loaded the first of 1.5 million pages of ancient Hebrew, Greek and early Christian manuscripts online Tuesday (Dec. 3). Pictured here, "De claris mulieribus (ed. Albertus de Placentia and Augustinus de Casali Maiori) (Ferrara Laurentius de Rubeis, de Valentia, 29 Apr." Photo courtesy Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

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(RNS) The project brings rare and priceless religious and cultural collections to a global audience for the first time in history.