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A collection of religious texts from various religions and tools to aid in studying those religions.

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Digital Public Library of America

It’s a…digital public library and its collection is as broad as you might expect. The focus seems to be on American heritage items, and most of its partner institutions are American, though it other stuff available. Because libraries often have similar items, and this site aggregates from a number of general digital libraries, there are some duplicates of content. Link: https://dp.la/

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Oxford Text Archive

The Oxford Text Archive is a depository with thousands of items from every time period. They don’t have any particular subject focus and collect materials donated to them. Most of it seems to be focused on Great Britain, with an emphasis on historical documents and religion. Link: https://ota.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/repository/xmlui/

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Europeana

This resource catalogs things under the broad umbrella of European cultural heritage. There are texts, images, sounds, and videos in at least a dozen different languages. The search interface isn’t the most robust but it seems to have tons of manuscripts and assorted documents on, for example, the history of magic.   Link: https://www.europeana.eu/en

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Atla Digital Library

According to them, “the Atla Digital Library brings together in a singular, searchable platform digitized collections from libraries, religious institutions, and other organizations worldwide who collect and preserve texts, records, maps, photographs, recordings, and other materials”. Basically it’s a searchable collection of collections with no specific focus beyond ‘theology’  Link: https://dl.atla.com/?locale=en

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Studylight

A site offering a number of resources for basic biblical research, including commentaries, texts, dictionaries and Encyclopedia. It does not seem to have a denominational focus and, interestingly, gives the affiliation and theological stance of the resources it provides.  Link: https://www.studylight.org/

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Patheos Religion Library

Despite the title, this isn’t a digital library. Rather, it’s a collection of profiles on the various religious traditions of the world that include an overview as well as sections on origins, history, beliefs, rituals and worship, and ethics and community.  Link: https://www.patheos.com/library

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Christian Classics Ethereal Library

This resource is somewhat misnamed in that, while is does cover classic Christian works, like the early church, is also includes a lot of more modern works. As well as more esoteric works, like the apocryphal gospels. The works can be read online, mobile, or downloaded and it’s possible to browse by author, genre, language, and format, though the search feature is clunky and its easier to just navigate directly to what you want if you know the title. The online interface is fairly clean and simple to work with. There doesn’t seem to be a denominational focus.  Link: https://ccel.org/

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Corpus Scriptorum Latinorun

This is a fairly in depth resource with the “main purpose of creating a digital library of Latin literature, spanning from the earliest epigraphic remains to the Neo-Latinists of the eighteenth century.” It provides the texts or links to texts and has basic search features and browsing. Link: https://www.forumromanum.org/literature/authors_a.html

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Sefaria

Sefaria “a free living library of Jewish texts and their interconnections, in Hebrew and in translation” covering scripture, apocryphal works, commentary, rabbinical works, etc. Link: https://www.sefaria.org/texts

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Celtic Literature Collective

The site aims “to collect as many possible early and medieval texts produced in the “Celtic” countries, or on Celtic themes (hence the inclusion of Continental Arthurian works).” All of the included works have the original language of the texts along with English translations, though as the maintainer notes, some of the translations are quite old. Link: https://www.maryjones.us/ctexts/

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qBible

The layout itself is outdated but the site offers a collection of commentaries, as well as Hebrew and Greek versions of the bible, with the words coded to Strong’s concordance, translated, and transliterated. As a tool for basic biblical research, it’s not a bad place to start. Link: http://www.qbible.com/

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Sacred Texts

Another resource that has been around for years, Sacred Texts is basically a giant collection of works related to a wide range of religions and practices. Most of them appear to be translations rather than manuscript facsimiles. Link: https://www.sacred-texts.com/index.htm

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Bible Gateway

Essentially a massive collection of Bibles in various languages. The site itself has a conservative bent and there is a paid version with more features, but it can be used for free to compare different biblical translations side-by-side. Link: https://www.biblegateway.com/

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Project Gutenberg

Similar to, though predating Wikisource by decades, Project Gutenberg is the original digital library of public domain eBooks. It is a community effort to digitize resources that are no longer in public domain and most texts are available for download in multiple formats. The focus in mainly on literature. Link: https://www.gutenberg.org/

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Archive.org

Similar to Wikisource, though with an exponentially wider scope, this site has the goal of collection everything in public domain, from text to audio, video, and software. It doesn’t have a specific topic and the search interface is questionable since it relies on metadata entered by users, but if you know the title of the work you’re looking for, it’s probably there. It’s a great resource for finding older works that have been digitized by university libraries. Link: https://archive.org/

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Perseus Digital Library

Tufts University created the Perseus Digital Library project as a collection of sources related to the humanities, primarily ancient Greek and Roman, though some early Christian sources are available. The search interface is not intuitive but every single word in a given text is parsed,  multiple lexicons are housed on the project, and texts are available in both the original language and translations. Link: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/

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