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  • A 13th-century Hebrew Bible at the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford. (Bodleian Libraries and Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana/MCT)

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    An 11th or 12th-century Pentateuch at the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana. (Bodleian Libraries and Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana/MCT)

  • A Bible in German printed in Strasbourg in 1485 at the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford. (Bodleian Libraries and Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana/MCT)

  • The Laudian Acts of the Apostles in Latin and Greek (c. 600) at the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford. (Bodleian Libraries and Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana/MCT)

Oxford's Bodleian and Vatican libraries debut digital versions of ancient Bibles

Published: Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 - 2:42 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 - 12:44 pm

As part of a worldwide 4-year project, the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford in the U.K. and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana in the Vatican City have launched some of their collections digitally available online at http://bav.bodielan.ox.ac.uk

For launch, the Vatican digitized psalters and a Gutenberg Bible, while the Bodleian has "Douce 244," the Malermi Bible, in Italian with woodcuts.

It is a four-year project supported by the Polansky Foundation. The website will have the ability to zoom in on documents, written essays on such as conservation and imaging, and video presentations.

It is available in English and Italian.

Read more articles by Tish Wells



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