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.org offers this database of 15,000 classical Hebrew Books for free download. HebrewBooks.org 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.
A calendar of the sacred dates for the religions of the world. Also information on different world religions.
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.
“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:
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.”