University of Mississippi News: Professor Works to Make Theologian’s Historical Records Accessible

University of Mississippi News: Professor Works to Make Theologian’s Historical Records Accessible. “University of Mississippi historian Jeffrey R. Watt has been working for 35 years to transcribe records kept by 16th century theologian John Calvin concerning the Consistory of Geneva. And thanks to two major grants to fund the painstaking work, he is closing in on the project’s completion.”

Jewish News: Rabbi Lord Sacks digital archive launched

Jewish News: Rabbi Lord Sacks digital archive launched. “Sections on the website allow visitors to explore Rabbi Sacks’ life and impact, books and audio, Torah teachings, and thoughts on morality and ethics. An extensive series of educational resources will help bring Rabbi Sacks’ teachings into the informal and formal education arenas.”

Chabad-Lubavitch Library: Trove of Newly Digitized Jewish Texts Reveal Untold Historical Treasures

Chabad-Lubavitch Library: Trove of Newly Digitized Jewish Texts Reveal Untold Historical Treasures. “In a move that is making waves in academic and lay circles, the Chabad-Lubavitch Library has created a new site with high-quality, full-color scans of a vast collection of thousands of precious manuscripts that have never been seen by the public—until now…. ‘This collection contains almost 3,000 volumes of manuscripts,’ says Rabbi Shalom Dovber Levine, the library’s director.”

New York Times: A Vatican Library Shortens the Distance Between Its Works and Its Scholars

New York Times: A Vatican Library Shortens the Distance Between Its Works and Its Scholars. “Some of the texts at the [library of the Pontifical Oriental Institute], which over the years swelled to some 200,000 works, have just been digitized, and will soon be at the fingertips of a global audience — no voyages or ladders needed. The first digitized versions will be available to the public in mid-2022, the product of a charitable initiative that connected the institute with technology companies in the United States and Germany.”

Jerusalem Post: German Talmud translation from 1935 goes online

Jerusalem Post: German Talmud translation from 1935 goes online. “Scholars of Judaism in Germany have sought to make Jewish texts available in German for decades, but the Talmud translation project gained steam after [Igor] Itkin and his colleagues, German and Austrian scholars, took on the project after he realized that [Lazarus] Goldschmidt’s work would enter the public domain at the beginning of this year.”

University of St. Thomas: Introducing the Monsignor Murphy Digital Archive

University of St. Thomas: Introducing the Monsignor Murphy Digital Archive. “The impact of Monsignor Terrence J. Murphy, the namesake of the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy, who served as the University of St. Thomas president from 1966-91, will continue to be felt for generations thanks to a generous gift from his family. Murphy, who passed away in 2004, would have turned 100 on Dec. 21, 2020. In celebration of this milestone, the Murphy Institute launched the Monsignor Murphy Digital Archive this spring. The collection features Murphy’s original manuscripts; more than 150 sermons, dedications and addresses were digitized.”

Deseret News: The Wilford Woodruff Papers website is live. Here’s what you need to know

Deseret News: The Wilford Woodruff Papers website is live. Here’s what you need to know. “Very few in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints kept records like Wilford Woodruff. Starting in 1828, Woodruff’s meticulous records document his extensive ministry and missionary service, the teachings of Joseph Smith and other leaders, daily happenings, his witness of the church’s Restoration and other significant events until his death in 1898. That roughly translates into more than 11,000 pages in 31 daybooks and journals. The fourth president of the church also penned over 13,000 letters, receiving more than 17,000 in return.”

JewishStandard: Jewish digital library gets better — and now we’re in it

JewishStandard: Jewish digital library gets better — and now we’re in it. “The free website offers an ever growing library of Jewish texts, starting with Torah and Talmud (with English translation!) and myriad commentaries, but including contemporary authors such as Teaneck’s Rabbi Chaim Jachter, whose four volumes of Gray Matter halachic discussions are online…. This year, of course, computer-based learning has gone into overdrive, and Sefaria has risen to the challenge with two exciting new features.”

Text-Matching at the Canonical Crossroads: An Introduction to BuddhaNexus (Part I) (The Digital Orientalist)

New-to-me, from The Digital Orientalist: Text-Matching at the Canonical Crossroads: An Introduction to BuddhaNexus (Part I). “BuddhaNexus is a text-matching database with visualization capabilities that draws its data from Buddhist literary corpora in Pāli, Sanskrit, Tibetan, and Chinese. It allows users to conduct intralingual searches (e.g. searching among texts in Chinese only) of individual volumes for textual matches across the collection in question. Additionally, users are also able to produce Sankey visualizations of connections within different collections in the same language, which offers an intertextual view across collections, sections within collections, and within single texts.”

Crux: New Vatican Library website aims to serve scholars, entice curious

Crux: New Vatican Library website aims to serve scholars, entice curious. “The Vatican Library has revamped its website to serve scholars better and facilitate navigation for the curious…. Some of the new features, [Msgr. Cesare Pasini] said, include more powerful and expanded search functions, and registered researchers can now easily ask staff questions and order digital reproductions of manuscripts, texts and other materials from the libraries collections.”

The Jewish Chronicle: A new online resource — the complete works of Rabbi Dr Louis Jacobs

The Jewish Chronicle: A new online resource — the complete works of Rabbi Dr Louis Jacobs. “His more than 50 books, which touch on virtually every area of the Jewish tradition, defy any easy categorisation. What is remarkable is the extraordinary consistency that he exhibited in his scholarship, which spanned almost 60 years. In the opening of his most famous book We Have Reason To Believe, he argues for ‘a synthesis… between the permanent value and truth of tradition and the best thought of the day’ and it is this sentence that perhaps best encapsulates the guiding force behind all of his writing.”

UPI: Scholars fear Franklin Graham will cut off access to Billy Graham archives

UPI: Scholars fear Franklin Graham will cut off access to Billy Graham archives. “This week, at Wheaton College in Illinois, specially trained movers will begin organizing, preparing and packing 3,235 boxes of paper items, 1,000 scrapbooks of news clippings dating back to the 1940s and more than 1,000 linear feet of videos, cassettes, reels, films and audio. All of it documents the life and ministry of evangelist Billy Graham, the Christian college’s most famous alumnus.”

Jerusalem Post: Sefaria Turns A Female Page

Jerusalem Post: Sefaria Turns A Female Page. “Educators, rabbis, scholars and the intellectually curious have been turning to Sefaria, a ‘living library of Jewish texts online,’ for years. And on Wednesday, the platform finally added its first female commentator, the renowned professor and scholar Nechama Leibowitz. “