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Free web sites on religion, sacred texts, cults, saints

Sacred Texts

  • Bible Hub, Online Bible Study Suite
    A production of the Online Parallel Bible Project. Features topical, Greek & Hebrew study tools, concordances, commentaries, dictionaries, sermons, & devotionals.

  • Bhagavad-Gita in English
    The Hindu sacred text in English, with links to 15 other translations.

  • British Library Online Gallery Sacred Texts
    Lists 78 texts, consisting of "Christian and Islamic holy books, including some of the world's most precious Hebrew and Christian Bibles and Qur'ans, plus Hindu, Buddhist and Zoroastrian texts"

  • Buddhism Texts
    Buddhist scriptures and religious texts are commonly divided into canonical and non-canonical categories. This site describes the Tripitaka or Pali Canon, the earliest collection of Buddhist teachings, also called the Sutras (Sanskrit) or Suttas (Pali); and describes the Tibetan Book of the Dead, listing the stages of death from the Tibetan point of view. According to the site, there are a vast number of Buddhist scriptures and religious texts, unless you belong to Zen Buddhism, which "rejects scriptures altogether as an ineffective path to enlightenment."

  • The Digital Dead Sea Scrolls
    From the site: "The Israel Museum welcomes you to the Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Project, allowing users to examine and explore these most ancient manuscripts from Second Temple times at a level of detail never before possible. Developed in partnership with Google, the new website gives users access to searchable, fast-loading, high-resolution images of the scrolls, as well as short explanatory videos and background information on the texts and their history. The Dead Sea Scrolls, which include the oldest known biblical manuscripts in existence, offer critical insight into Jewish society in the Land of Israel during the Second Temple Period, the time of the birth of Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism. Five complete scrolls from the Israel Museum have been digitized for the project at this stage and are now accessible online."

  • Internet Sacred Text Archive
    An archive of online books about religion, mythology, folklore, and the esoteric, from every continent. Use the Discovery tab to check on a title.

  • Jewish Sacred Texts
    Brief, but informative, list of important texts. According to this site: "After the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE and the subsequent exile, sacrifices became impossible and Jewish religious life turned to study of the scriptures and prayer in the synagogue. Study of Torah and other Jewish texts has been central to religious life ever since."

  • Origin of the Quran
    History, Preservation, Authorship, and Explanation of the Quran, the holy book which Muslims recite and turn to guidance.



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