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Coming Tomorrow: Oldest New Testament

From the site: “Codex Sinaiticus is one of the most important books in the world. Handwritten well over 1600 years ago, the manuscript contains the Christian Bible in Greek, including the oldest complete copy of the New Testament. Its heavily corrected text is of outstanding importance for the history of the Bible and the manuscript – the oldest substantial book to survive Antiquity – is of supreme importance for the history of the book…

“The Codex Sinaiticus Project is an international collaboration to reunite the entire manuscript in digital form and make it accessible to a global audience for the first time. Drawing on the expertise of leading scholars, conservators and curators, the Project gives everyone the opportunity to connect directly with this famous manuscript.”  The site will be updated throughout the year, with completion projected for July 2009.


HebrewBooks offers this database of 15,000 classical Hebrew Books for free download. states that many American Rabbis wrote seforim in the early part of the 20th Century and that the mission of the organization has expanded to include all Torah seforim ever printed.

Internet Sacred Text Archive

An extensive, archive of online books on religion, mythology, and folklore, including online versions of the sacred texts of the world religions.

Interfaith Calendar : Primary Sacred Times For World Religions

A calendar of the sacred dates for the religions of the world.  Also information on different world religions.

Church Directory of the United States

Very extensive directory of churches in the United States and even other parts of the world.  Updated daily, with the most current listings of churches.

U.S. Religious Landscape Survey

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life conducted a survey of 35,000 American adults to compile this report on the religious affiliation of the American public.  Data and statistics are presented in a variety of formats.  The full report is available for download.

From The Scout Report:

“If you could invite Christopher Hitchens and Al Sharpton into your home to talk about the existence of God, would you? That question is no longer just a hypothetical, as visitors to the website can do just that. Under the tagline, ‘The world is thinking’, the site provides access to hundreds of delightful talks, conversations, conferences, debates, and more than a few stimulating arguments. Drawing on a broad range of new media experts, brings together content from the Hoover Institution, the Global Philanthropy Forum, the World Affairs Council, the American Jewish Committee, and dozens of other organizations. First-time visitors to the site can take a look through the ‘Popular Programs’ section, and then maybe they might want to look over the blog. For users who don’t find any of the programs to their liking, they should make a beeline for the ‘Pitch a Program’ section.”

Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2007.

“The Bible Gateway is a tool for reading and researching scripture online- all in the language or translation of your choice.”

Online Books from offers a number of popular fiction, nonfiction, reference and poetry texts on their website for free.  Users can find quotations, presidential speeches, Shakespeare and most things in between.

Erratic Impact’s Philosophy Research Base

“Erratic Impact’s Philosophy Research Base is categorized by history, subject and author. Integrating text resources with the best online resources, this study guide attempts to aid both academic and general interest in all philosophical genres and their related fields.”

e-Resource Guides from Iowa State

The Iowa State University Library has created a collection of resource guides for online information for various topics. 

Links are provided to pertinent websites, electronic journals, abstracts and indexes for the following topics:

Accounting; African American Studies; Agricultural Information & Studies; Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering; Agriculture; Agronomy (Plant/Soil Sciences); American Indian Studies; Animal Ecology, Fisheries and Wildlife; Animal Sciences; Anthropology and Archaeology; Architecture and Landscape Architecture; Art; Asian American Studies; Astronomy; Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology; Biological Sciences; Biotechnology; Chemistry; Classical Studies; Community and Regional Planning; Criminology; Diversity; Economics; Education; Engineering; Entrepreneurship; Finance; Foreign Languages and Literatures; General Humanities; General Science and Technology; General Social Sciences; Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology; Geology; Government Information; History; Horticulture; International Intergovernmental Organizations; Journalism and Mass Communication; Latino Studies; Legal Resources; Library Science; Linguistics; Literature; Materials Science; Mathematics; Medicine; Military Science; Music, Theater, and Dance; Philosophy; Physics; Plant Pathology; Political Science; Psychology; Religion; Sociology; Veterinary Medicine; Women’s Studies.

The Association of Religion Data Archives

This site offers hundreds of data files that can be downloaded, mapped or charted.  Statistical topics include congregational membership, religious behaviors, etc.

Council on Foreign Relations Backgrounders

“Current political and economic issues succinctly explained”

 From Doris Dixon (Raleigh):

“Inspired by Sarah’s recent post about the Council on Foreign Relations’ background essay on Hezbollah, I have spent some time at that organization’s web site.  CFR is a nonpartisan and independent membership organization and its website seeks to ‘raise the level of foreign policy awareness by offering timely, unbiased, and in-depth coverage of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs to anyone interested.'”

“Backgrounder essays could serve as reliable, balanced resources for students and others wanting to learn more about current events and controversial international issues.  They can supplement our electronic subscription to Issues and Controversies–which customers cannot access at home–as well as print sources such as the CQ Researcher (available in the History Department).”

“I found the following Backgrounder essays to help me better understand recent news:

Hezbollah (aka Hizbollah, Hizbu’llah)

From the Librarians’ Internet Index:

“From the Council of Foreign Relations, background about Hezbollah, ‘a Lebanese umbrella organization of radical Islamic Shiite groups and organizations. It opposes the West, seeks to create a Muslim fundamentalist state modeled on Iran, and is a bitter foe of Israel.’ Topics include origins, leaders, area of operation, and major attacks in the 1980s and 1990s. Includes links to material about the conflict between Israel and Lebanon in 2006.”

The Best of the Humanities on the Web

This site offers a wealth of information.  Use the tabs at the top of the page to navigate the various subjects and see what the National Endowment for the Humanities considers to be the best of the web.  Also includes lesson plans…