A page from the Codex Bezae, one of the most important New Testament manuscripts (Cambridge University Library/PA)
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
Digital versions of some of the most significant religious manuscripts in the world - including a 2,000-year-old copy of the Ten Commandments and the oldest surviving Scottish manuscript - have been released for the first time.
Cambridge University has published the documents through its digital library, which aims to make 25,000 historically important images freely available.
While the latest release focuses on faith traditions - including important texts from Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism - many of the manuscripts being made available are also of great political, cultural and historical importance.
The new additions include the Nash Papyrus - fragments of the commandments - and the Codex Bezae - a remarkable ancient copy of the New Testament.
Other additions include a 13th-century Life Of Edward The Confessor and the 10th-century Book Of Deer, widely believed to be the oldest surviving Scottish manuscript.