Viewers from all over the world will be able to view some of the most important and unique bibles and biblical texts in existence from the comfort of their own home.
A team of scholars and curators from around the world chose a selection of texts from the Bodleian and Vatican Libraries collections of Hebrew manuscripts, Greek manuscripts and early printed books. Conservation staff worked closely with curators to ensure that the objects chosen were appropriate in both content and condition.
The collaboration between the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticano builds on both libraries’ individual digitisation projects. It has allowed them to increase the scale and pace with which they can digitise their most significant collections, while taking into consideration the fragile condition of these ancient texts.
The website is available in both English and Italian – reveals the first batch of digitised books in a four-year project. The images are zoomable, allowing them to be used for scholarly research and analysis. The website also provides essays and video presentations made by experts including the Archbishop of Canterbury and Archbishop Jean-Louis Bruguès.