Watch: Digitising biblical texts ‘profoundly inspirational’ says Archbishop
Tuesday 3rd December 2013Making ancient biblical texts available in digital form will help people be inspired by scripture, the Archbishop of Canterbury says in this video interview.
The Archbishop was welcoming the Polonsky Foundation Digitization Project, a collaboration between the Bodleian Libraries and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, which will make 1.5 million digitised pages – including collections of Hebrew and Greek manuscripts - freely available over the next three years.
In a video interview for the project, Archbishop Justin said: ‘Where you can see these ancient texts, there is just a lifting of the spirit, of something that inspires worship. By being able to have access to them via a digitised collection, this really opens the text to a far wider range of scholars than have been able to get at them in the past, and is of huge international significance as a result.’
The Archbishop compared the scanning of biblical texts to the spread of the printing press, which he said had a ‘profound’ impact on religious practice and wider society.
Digitising biblical texts ‘will have an impact indirectly on our liturgy and worship and practice of faith’, he said.
The Archbishop added that digitised texts will give people the opportunity to be inspired themselves by the texts.
‘Even if they can’t do much more than have an outline look at them, it is profoundly inspirational,’ he said.