Websites listed in the ebook edition of The Story of the Bible
The ebook edition of The Story of the Bible is a portal to more than sixty resources on the Internet for exploring the history of the Bible. Through the external links listed below, you can . . .
• Watch parchment being made
• Unroll the Great Isaiah Scroll and see a translation
• Meet three of the key people in the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls
• View a colorful Bible dedication in Papua New Guinea
These sites were carefully chosen to give you the most information. On this page you can keep up to date with the websites in the ebook edition of The Story of the Bible. However, not all sites will work well on all reading devices. Some sites use Adobe Flash, which Apple prohibits on its iPhones and iPads.
Some sites work best with a fast Internet connection and plenty of available memory.
Listed below are the complete URLs of all the links in the ebook edition of The Story of the Bible. This list will be updated as necessary. If a particular site does not work on your reading device, you should be able to access it through a computer using the URLs listed below or just clicking on the URL.
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Papyrus The staff at the paper conservation lab at the Brooklyn Museum made papyrus by using the same process and materials as the ancient Egyptians. Their experience is described, with pictures, at http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/community/blogosphere/ 2010/0 7/08/making-papyrus-in-the-conservation-lab.
Wim Visscher in Buckinghamshire, England, showed the BBC how parchment is made in a fascinating four-minute video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-SpLPFaRd0.
The British Library has a Peshitta (simple Syriac) Pentateuch from 463-464. The British Library’s website describes this manuscript at http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/sacredtexts/syriacbib.html.
The official site of the Aleppo Codex contains information about the codex, the Masoretes, and lets you view the codex itself at http://aleppocodex.org.
The Great Isaiah Scroll
You can read about the Great Isaiah Scroll, unroll it, enlarge it, and get an English translation at http://dss.collections.imj.org.il/isaiah.
Dead Sea Scrolls Digitization Project
The Isaiah Scroll digitization is part of a project by the Shrine of the Book and Google to digitize the Dead Sea Scrolls. An introduction to the project is online at http://dss.collections.imj.org.il/dss_video.
The Dead Sea Scrolls
Explore the Dead Sea Scrolls at the website of the Shrine of the Book, the museum in Jerusalem built to house them, at http://www.english.imjnet.org.il/page_899?c0=14389&bsp=14162.
A fascinating short video prepared by the Israel Antiquities Authority gives a quick introduction to the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_r1v5lkSVPo.
Saint Catherine’s Monastery
Saint Catherine’s Monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai is the oldest continuously inhabited Christian monastery. Its website gives the history and a description of the monastery at http://www.sinaimonastery.com/en/index.php?lid=1.
A fascinating seven-minute video about Saint Catherine’s Monastery and why it is protected by its Muslim neighbors is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZ3dFABGySg&feature=related.
In 2005, The Codex Sinaiticus Project was established by the four institutions holding pages of the codex. The project’s website is http://www.codexsinaiticus.org/en/.
The website also has the entire manuscript available at http://www.codexsinaiticus.org/en/manuscript.aspx.
Codex Alexandrinus, one of the three earliest Greek manuscripts of the Bible, is described on the British Library’s website, which has images of two of its pages at http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/sacredtexts/codexalex.html.
John Rylands Papyrus (P52)
A description of the John Rylands Papyrus (P52) and images of its two sides is on the University of Manchester Library website at http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/search-resources/guide-to-special-collections/st-john-fragment/.
Chester Beatty P46
The portion of the Chester Beatty Papyri at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin, Ireland, is not available online. However, 30 leaves of P46, the earliest collection of Paul’s letters, are at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, but its website is difficult to navigate.
An index to these 60 pages, compiled by Brandon Wason, is at http://evangelicaltextualcriticism.blogspot.com/2006/01/images-of-p46-michigan-portions.html, with links to the University of Michigan website.
Codex Bezae, the earliest existing bilingual New Testament manuscript, written in Greek and Latin, is described and can be viewed and downloaded on the Cambridge University website at http://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/view/MS-NN-00002-00041/1.
The story of how Codex Amiatinus made its way to Italy is an interesting one. http://www.stpaulschurchjarrow.com/index.php?p=1_35_Codex-Amiatinus, the website of St. Paul’s Church in England, includes the story, a description, and several images. The complete book is not online.
Codex Gigas, the largest medieval Bible in the world, is described and highlights and the complete manuscript can be viewed on the website of the National Library of Sweden at http://www.kb.se/codex-gigas/eng.
The Morgan Crusader’s Bible
The entire Morgan Crusader’s Bible (also called Maciejowski Bible), can be viewed on the website of The Pierpont Morgan Library at http://www.themorgan.org/collections/swf/exhibOnline.asp?id=200. Each page of the Bible is described, can be viewed, and enlarged. This site uses Adobe Flash, which does not work on iPads and iPhones. A selection of images from the Bible can be found at http://www.keesn.nl/mac/mac_en.htm. Additional pictures can be viewed at http://www.medievaltymes.com/courtyard/maciejowski_bible.htm.
Codex Aureus (St. Emmeram)
The opulence of Codex Aureus (St. Emmeram) seems designed to show the wealth and power of Charles the Bald, grandson of Charlemagne. The codex is at the Bavarian State Library in Munich, and so the Library’s website is in German. You can see the lavish cover at http://www.bsb-muenchen.de/Codex-aureus.2498.0.html and view the entire codex at http://daten.digitale-sammlungen.de/%7Edb/0005/bsb00057171/images/index.html.
The Winchester Bible is described on the website of the Winchester Cathedral at http://winchester-cathedral.org.uk/history-treasures/cathedral-treasures/the-winchester-bible/ and fifteen pictures from the Bible can be seen by clicking on “View picture gallery" and then clicking on "The Winchester Bible" at the bottom of the "Gallery" page.
Forty selected pages from the Lindisfarne Gospels are online in the British Library’s Online Gallery under “Pinnacle of Anglo-Saxon Art” at http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/virtualbooks/viewall/index.html#. You will have to download a Microsoft Silverlight plug-in to make the “Turning the Pages” feature work.
Additional information about the Lindisfarne Gospels can be found at http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/features/lindisfarne/home.html. Click on “tour” and then click on the five sections.
The Book of Kells
As far as I know, the entire Book of Kells is not online. However, the Trinity College Library has a description of it at http://www.tcd.ie/Library/manuscripts/book-of-kells.php.
The Bible translated by John Wycliffe and friends was copied in many sizes. A description of the magnificent Bible owned by Thomas of Woodstock is on the British Library website at http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/illuminatedmanuscripts/record.asp?MSID=8693&CollID=28&N. At the bottom of the page are three images from the Bible, which you can enlarge by clicking on them.
An edited version of John Purvey’s revision of Wycliffe’s translation of the Bible is on Bible Gateway at http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Wycliffe-Bible-WYC/.
Wycliffe New Testament
A small 1390 Wycliffe New Testament is on GreatSite’s Bibles-Online at http://www.bibles-online.net/1390/. This site uses Adobe Flash, which does not work on iPads and iPhones.
Forty-eight Gutenberg Bibles still exist, although only 21 are complete, and many of them can be viewed online. The University of Texas at Austin’s copy can be seen at http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/exhibitions/permanent/gutenbergbible/#top. (Click on “Turn the Pages”).
The Gutenberg Bible at the Library of Congress can be viewed at http://www.rarebookroom.org/Control/gtnbbl/.
The British Library has two copies of the Gutenberg Bible, one printed on paper and one printed on vellum, and they can be viewed and compared on the Library’s website at http://www.bl.uk/treasures/gutenberg/homepage.html. Click on “Texts.”
Martin Luther’s German Bible
A 1918 reprint of the September 1522 edition of Luther’s New Testament is on GreatSite’s Bibles-Online at http://www.bibles-online.net/luther/. This site uses Adobe Flash, which does not work on iPads and iPhones.
The text of Luther’s German Bible is on Bible Gateway at http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/index.php?action=getVersionInfo&vid=10.
The first page of Exodus in the Complutensian Polyglot can be viewed at http://textus-receptus.com/wiki/Image:Cisneros%27_ original_complutensian_polyglot_Bible_-2.jpg. Click on the image once to move to the image only and a second time to enlarge it.
Erasmus’ Greek/Latin New Testament
The entire 1519 edition of the Greek/Latin New Testament of Erasmus is on GreatSite’s Bibles-Online at http://www.bibles-online.net/1519/. This site uses Adobe Flash, which does not work on iPads and iPhones.
Tyndale’s New Testament
Information about the 1526 Tyndale New Testament in the British Library and a page from it are available on the Library’s website at http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/sacredtexts/tyndale.html.
The only complete copy of the 1526 Tyndale New Testament is in the Württembergische Landesbibliothek in Stuttgart, Germany, which does not have its website in English. However, the site can be viewed as translated into English by Google at http://tinyurl.com/q67tn4t.
The text of the complete 1526 Tyndale New Testament is available from StudyLight.org at http://www.studylight.org/desk/?l=en&query=Matthew+1§ion=2&translation=tyn&oq=
The 1535 edition of the Coverdale Bible is on GreatSite’s Bibles-Online at http://www.bibles-online.net/1535/. This site uses Adobe Flash, which does not work on iPads and iPhones. The text of the Coverdale Bible is available from StudyLight.org at http://www.studylight.org/desk/?l=en&query=Genesis+1&translation=mcb.
The 1537 edition of the Matthew’s Bible is on GreatSite’s Bibles-Online at http://www.bibles-online.net/1537/. This site uses Adobe Flash, which does not work on iPads and iPhones. http://archive.org/details/MatthewBible1537 allows you to see the Matthew’s Bible online or download a PDF.
The 1551 edition of the Taverner’s Bible is on GreatSite’s Bibles-Online at http://www.bibles-online.net/1551Taverners/. This site uses Adobe Flash, which does not work on iPads and iPhones. http://archive.org/details/1539TavernerBible allows you to see the Taverner’s Bible or download a PDF.
The Great Bible
The 1541 edition of the Great Bible is on GreatSite’s Bibles-Online at http://www.bibles-online.net/1541/. This site uses Adobe Flash, which does not work on iPads and iPhones. http://archive.org/details/GreatBible1540 allows you to see the Great Bible or download a PDF.
The 1583 edition of the Geneva Bible is on GreatSite’s Bibles-Online at http://www.bibles-online.net/1583/. This site uses Adobe Flash, which does not work on iPads and iPhones. The text of the 1599 edition of the Geneva Bible is available on Bible Gateway at http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/1599-Geneva-Bible-GNV/.
The Bishops’ Bible
The 1568 edition of the Bishops’ Bible is on GreatSite’s Bibles-Online at http://www.bibles-online.net/1568/. This site uses Adobe Flash, which does not work on iPads and iPhones. The text of the Bishops’ Bible without the Apocrypha is available from StudyLight.org at http://www.studylight.org/desk/?l=en&query=genesis+1§ion=0&translation=bis&oq=
The text of the 1899 American edition of the Douay-Rheims Bible is on Bible Gateway at http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Douay-Rheims-1899-American-Edition-DRA-Bible/.
King James Version
A 1611 edition of the King James Version at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries is on the Library website at http://sceti.library.upenn.edu/sceti/printedbooksNew/index.cfm?TextID=kjbible&PagePosition=1. The text of the King James Version is available on Bible Gateway at http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/King-James-Version-KJV-Bible/._
The Bay Psalm Book
Only 11 copies of the 1640 edition of the Bay Psalm Book exist, two owned by Old South Church in Boston. One of the books can be viewed on the church’s website at http://www.oldsouth.org/sites/default/files/bay-psalm-book/template-osc.htm. This site uses Adobe Flash, which does not work on iPads and iPhones. On November 26, 2013 Old South Church will sell one of its copies, which could go for as much as $30 million.
The Library of Congress’s copy of the Bay Psalm Book is on the LOC website at http://lcweb2.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=rbc3&fileName=rbc0001_2008amimp02405 page.db&recNum=0.
Two pages containing Exodus 5:17-7:22 from the Algonquin Bible translated by John Eliot are on the Library of Congress website at http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/treasures/trm036.html. Click on the small image to see the left-hand page and on “Page 2” to see the right-hand page.
The Jefferson Bible
The “wee little book” of Thomas Jefferson, in which he created a story of Jesus without any miracles by cutting parts out of a printed Bible pasting them in what has become to be known as The Jefferson Bible, is online at http://americanhistory.si.edu/jeffersonbible/.
The text of the Revised Version of 1881 is available from Biblos at http://erv.scripturetext.com/.
American Standard Version
The text of the American Standard Version of 1901 is on Bible Gateway at http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/American-Standard-Version-ASV-Bible/.
Revised Standard Version
The text of the Revised Standard Version of 1946 (NT) and 1952 (OT) is on Bible Gateway at http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Revised-Standard-Version-RSV-Bible/.
New Revised Standard Version
The text of the New Revised Standard Version of 1989 is on Bible Gateway at http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/New-Revised-Standard-Version-NRSV-Bible/.
New American Standard Bible
The text of a 1995 updating of the New American Standard Bible of 1963 (NT) and 1971 (OT) is on Bible Gateway at http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/New-American-Standard-Bible-NASB/.
Good News Translation
The text of the Good News Translation of 1966 (NT) and 1976 (OT) (formerly called the Good News Bible or Today’s English Version) is on Bible Gateway at http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Good-News-Translation-GNT-Bible/.
Contemporary English Version
The text of the Contemporary English Version of 1995 is on Bible Gateway at http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/.
New Living Translation
The text of the New Living Translation of 1996 is on Bible Gateway at http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/New-Living-Translation-NLT-Bible/.
New International Version
The text of a 2011 updating of the New International Version of 1973 (NT) and 1978 (OT) is on Bible Gateway at http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/New-International-Version-NIV-Bible/.
Today’s New International Version
The text of Today’s New International Version, a 2002 (NT) and 2005 (OT) revision of the New International Version is at http://www.biblestudytools.com/tniv/. The publishers have discontinued Today’s New International Version.
New King James Version
The text of the New King James Version of 1979 (NT) and 1982 (OT) is on Bible Gateway at http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/New-King-James-Version-NKJV-Bible/.
The text of The Message: The Bible in Contemporary English of 1993 (NT) and 2002 (OT) is on Bible Gateway at http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Message-MSG-Bible/.
English Standard Version
The text of the English Standard Version of 2001 is on Bible Gateway at http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/English-Standard-Version-ESV-Bible/.
American Bible Society
A promotional video on the American Bible Society’s translation of the New Testament into Datooga, a language spoken in Tanzania, can be seen at www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXLstRB4Q2k.
Wycliffe Bible Translators
A similar celebration in 2004 when the revised New Testament in West Kewa, translated by Wycliffe Bible Translators, was dedicated in Papua New Guinea is at www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VJZ9uWzgUo.
A fascinating project of the Summer Institute of Linguistics is the Ethnologue, an encyclopedic reference work cataloging all of the world’s 6,909 known living languages. The Ethnologue’s website is http://www.ethnologue.com/.
The JESUS Film
The JESUS film is the most widely circulated portion of the Bible in history and is online in more than 1,100 languages at http://www.JesusFilmMedia.org/.