This Web page, 'Classical documents for Christian research', features a series of links to English translations of ancient texts (originating from Greece, Rome, and Egypt) which may be of use to those undertaking research into parallels between Biblical texts and stories featured in classical literature. As the full-text of many of the works is included, these may also be of interest to anyone seeking online translations of the featured authors. Works which appear here are: Aristophanes' 'Peace', 'Clouds' and 'Ecclesiazusae'; Euripides' 'Bacchae'; Hesiod's 'Theogony' and 'Works and Days'; the Homeric Hymns; selected works of Plato; Herodotus' Histories; and extracts from Catullus, Pausanias, Aristotle and Athenaeus, as well as a number of Egyptian texts.
Gaudiya grantha mandira is an online repository for important Sanskrit and Bengali texts that belong to the Caitanya Vaisnava tradition. At the time of this review (June 2008), the 'library' section of the website provided a list of links to over five hundred texts, grouped together by genre. The texts themselves are available as downloads from subsequent pages, which also carry an evaluation of the text, some context and notes about transliteration and other technical issues. A separate page of resources provides the user with a number of tools to ease the reading of the texts on a computer such as fonts and transliteration software. The site is well presented and easy to use, although a problem with the registration page means that no access can be gained to the discussion forum.
This website gives an introduction to, and text of the Katha Upanishad, an ancient Indian religious text. The site has an introductory essay which explains the context of the text as well as its historical importance. The analysis then goes on to examine the sections of the text in which the inner nature of human beings is discussed by Hindu deities. Much of this section is compared with the writings of other ancient religions, with many links to external pages in which these religions are discussed. Finally the website gives a full translation of the Katha Upanishad along with some suggestions for further reading and references. A useful site, if somewhat simplistic in its textual analysis.
This website reviews the 'Sacred: Discover What We Share' exhibition which took place at the British Library between the 27th April to the 23rd September 2007. It focuses on the holy books and practices of the three 'Abrahamic faiths' namely Christianity, Judaism and Islam. This home page provides detailed information about the exhibition, and allows access to audio and video recordings of several themes connected to the exhibition like the evolution of the sacred texts; holy sites; and weddings in the three faiths. It also lists 67 of the sacred texts on display (chronologically and by faith) - each of which accompanied by a short commentary and a zoomable high-resolution image.
World Scripture is the online version of a book collecting an extensive number of scriptural excerpts from major contemporary religious traditions. Assembled by Dr Andrew Wilson, the extracts are arranged thematically, dealing with beliefs about the divine, the purpose of human existence, religious life and ethics, and so forth. Each section has an introductory paragraph to set the material in context, but no detailed analysis of the texts is given. While students and teachers of comparative religion will find useful material within these pages, users should note that the site seems to focus on the similarities between world religions rather than their differences, and that consequently the extracts presented may not always give the complete picture.