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Biblical Archaeology Review 46:2, Spring 2020

Strata: Sacred Texts Online

The British Library has put some of the most famous religious texts online. Their new collection, Discovering Sacred Texts, is accessible to the public ( It features nearly 300 texts that are sacred to a variety of religions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Zoroastrianism. For some of these texts, it is the first time they have been made available to the general public. Some highlights include the first complete Mishnah (from 1492), the Codex Sinaiticus (one of the earliest Christian Bibles, from the fourth century), and the Ma’il Quran (one of the oldest copies of the Quran, from the eighth century). Now anyone can explore these manuscripts—from anywhere in the world with internet access!