Digitized Hebrew manuscripts from the Library of Congress

By Mary Fisk|December 9, 2015|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Archival collections, History, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Religions|0 comments

The Hebraic manuscripts section of the Library of Congress houses over 220  manuscripts, mostly in Hebrew, but including other related languages such as Yiddish, Judeo-Arabic and Judeo-Persian. These date from the 11th to the 20th centuries and come from Jewish communities across the world. They cover an eclectic range of subjects. Fifty texts have currently been added to the website. Content is indexed by language, name, subject, place and by

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The intellectual and religious traditions of South Asia revealed in Cambridge University’s Sanskrit manuscripts Project

By Emma Wilson-Shaw|May 27, 2014|History, Literature, Religions, South Asia|0 comments

In late 2011 Cambridge University Library began its AHRC funded project to survey, catalogue and digitize its collection of Sanskrit manuscripts. Since then 1500 manuscripts have been catalogued, including 150 in great detail (most of which are illuminated).  Significant items in the collection have been digitized and are available via the University’s digital library. Amongst the manuscripts are rare items on a wide range of subjects including, religion, philosophy, grammar,

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Online bibliography of Semitic linguistics

By Mary Fisk|October 24, 2013|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Linguistics|0 comments

Hebrew square book script. Iraq. 11th century (from Schoyen Collection Manuscript) MS206: image from WikiMedia Commons (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Targum.jpg) Gregorio del Olmo Lete’s (University of Barcelona) A bibliography of Semitic linguistics (1940-2010) is a digitized PDF version of a traditional print bibliography, covering a wide range of Semitic languages from ancient Akkadian and Ugaritic, through Ethiopic to modern Hebrew and South Arabic. The site allows users to navigate easily between the different

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Cambridge Digital Library : 25,000 faith-related images recently released

By Mary Fisk|January 21, 2013|Religions|0 comments

Past Horizons, the archaeology website, describes and illustrates the latest batch of releases on the Cambridge Digital Library. These latest releases include some 25,000 images focusing on important texts from Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Jainism and HInduism Click here to read the Past Horizons feature with links to a selection of key documents, including the 2,000 year old copy of the Ten Commandments on the Nash Papyrus, the 4th / 5th century Gospels

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On the Aleppo Codex

By Mary Fisk|August 2, 2012|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Religions|0 comments

Click to read an article from the New York Times on the “murky and often contradictory story” of the travels of “the oldest, most complete, most accurate text of the Hebrew Bible” dating from around 930 AD. The Codex has been digitized and made available by the Ben Zvi Institute in Jerusalem. Click here to view the Codex website. There is a another link to the digitized text. The text can

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New web resource for Syriac studies

By Mary Fisk|July 25, 2012|Religions|0 comments

Dumbarton Oaks (a research institute of Harvard University specializing in Byzantine Studies) has launched Resources for Syriac Studies  – “an annotated collection of free and open-source books, journals, and more related to the study of Syriac” The collection includes histories, dictionaries, grammars, journals and works of historic scholarship dating back to the 16th century. Click here to go direct to Resources for Syriac Studies