Through the support of the Polonsky Foundation, the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (BAV) have digitised some of the most important bibles and biblical texts in their collection. The digitised texts are now available online on a newly launched website. The act comes as part of a four-year digital partnership between the two organisations.
A team of scholars and curators from around the world have worked on digitising collections of Hebrew manuscripts, Greek manuscripts and early printed books. Both libraries have been digitising their collections for a while but this project has allowed them to pick up the pace and enable public access to their important pieces without risk of damaging them.
The website features zoomable images and essays and video presentations to enable users to make the most of the material available.
Richard Ovenden, interim Bodley’s librarian, said: “It is very exciting to see the first fruits of this landmark collaboration between the Bodleian and the Vatican Library. We hope that through digitising and making openly accessible some of the most significant books in our collections we will increase their potential for research and broader understanding of these ancient texts.”