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General

SOAS students and staff only off-campus
  • Cambridge Histories Online
    Includes Cambridge History of Christianity, Cambridge History of the Bible and Cambridge New History of the Bible
    On-campus / Off-campus

Web resources

  • Alin Suciu’s Blog
    Blog on the Coptic Church, ancient and modern, with frequent links to digital text collections. The complier is currently a research associate at Laval University, Québec, Canada.
  • Catholic Encylopedia
    Online version of the print encyclopedia with nearly 12,000 entries on all aspects of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Online comprehensive bibliography of Syriac Christianity (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
    Bibliographic database of books (including chapters) and journal articles on Syriac Christianity.
  • Coptic bibliographies (Macquarie University, Sydney)
    Useful "traditional" bibliography on Coptic language and history designed for students at Macquarie University
    (Sydney). Please note this does not contain links to full text.Some links to book reviews etc. are included.
  • Chinese Christian Posters
    Hosted by the Center for Global Christianity and Mission at Boston University, this resource brings together digitised copies of evangelistic posters used by Christian groups in China between 1927 and 1951. Content is drawn from a variety of Libraries and Archives around the world, including SOAS, the Salvation Army National Heritage Centre, Yale Divinity Library, the Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College, the Burke Library Archives at Columbia University, and Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Syriaca.org (The Syriac Reference Portal)
    This is a digital project for the study of Syriac literature, culture, and history. It has a growing collection of online reference works and also acts as a reference hub for digitally linking research findings
  • eBethArké Syriac digital library
    Brought together by Rutgers University Library and the Beth Mardutho Syriac Institute, this digital collection includes books, periodicals, letters and other publications and manuscripts in Syriac and Arabic languages as well as literature in other languages (including English) which describe the Syriac language, grammar, and associated cultures. In addition there are  texts, video and audio depicting modern Syriac scholarly work.

Open-access / digitized texts

  • Codex Sinaiticus
    Click “see the manuscript” to browse and search a digitized copy of a significant 4th century Greek Bible (pages drawn from various archives). The website also includes historical background material.
  • Concordance of the Sahidic New Testament
    "An invaluable resource for the study of Coptic literature” published in the Corpus Scriptorum Christianorum Orientalium series
  • Coptic publications of Oscar von Lemm
    Includes 35 documents (Koptische Miscellen and other Coptic studies) appearing in the Bulletin de l'Académie Impériale des Sciences de St.-Pétersbourg between 1898 and 1915. Click on the links to view PDFs of the articles.
  • Coptica
    Access to over 100 digitized texts of European studies on Coptic language and literature, including Eastern Christianity and Manichaeism. Some of the texts are hosted by different collections such as the Internet Archive (in French).
  • Goussen Library (Universität Bonn)
    Open access collection on Oriental Church history comprises over 1,000 digitised documents and books dating from the 16th – 20th centuries in Western languages, and also in Syrian, Coptic, Ethiopian, Armenian and Georgian, among others.
  • syri.ac :an annotated bibliography for Syriac resources online
    Hosted by the University of Oklahoma, this resource has been developed from Resources for Syriac Studies (previously at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, Washington DC). Content is grouped under themes and topics with links to full-text journal articles, books and manuscripts
  • Manuscripts in St. Catherine's Monastery, Sinai (Library of Congress microfilm collection)
    The manuscript collection at the 6th century monastery of St, Catherine in Sinai ranges from bibles, to patristic works, to liturgies and prayers books, and on to legal documents such as deeds, court cases, Fatwahs (legal opinions). The greater proportion of the manuscripts were copied in Greek, and then in Syriac, Georgian, Coptic, Armenian, Arabic, Ottoman Turkish, and Ethiopic, as well as Old Church Slavonic.
    In 1949, an expedition under the auspices of the Library of Congress microfilmed 1,687 of the 3,300 manuscripts in the monastery library, which have now been scanned (in black & white) and made available on open-access
  • Virtual Manuscript Room
    A collaborative project between Birmingham and Munster Universities - gives access to a range of digitised Christian texts (Syriac, Christian Arabic) dating from the early Middle Ages to the beginning of the 20th century. These can be viewed page -by-page. The collection also includes manuscripts in Islamic Arabic, Persian and Greek.

Faith information organisations