The CDLI wiki is a terrific website for Assyriology. By way of examples, you can find helpful content and reference material links, such as “Recent Publications in Assyriology“; “Bibliography of Sumerian Literature“; and “writing systems.” Check it out — it’s better than reading Sitchin!
Readers should be aware of the very useful Encyclopedia Mythica, “the award-winning internet encyclopedia of mythology, folklore, and religion.” Over 7,000 essays of mythological information!
There’s been a spate of resources that have popped up online in recent days for excellent resources to study the ancient world. Some of these resources have been around a while, but have gotten some recent attention and traffic on various blogs and news sites. Here are some valuable links:
The New English Translation of the Septuagint (NETS) Online
- this is the most recent scholarly translation of the Septuagint
- Do your research on Thomas here, not with Dan Brown and Michael Baigent. That way something you say about Thomas has a prayer of being right.
- The Center promotes cartography, historical geography, and geographic information science as essential disciplines within the field of ancient studies through innovative and collaborative research, teaching, and community outreach activities.
- For the first time, the latest and most exhaustive information available on the Giza Necropolis will be made available to everyone through a realistic experience that can satisfy mere cu- riosity or encourage more demanding research inquiries
Well, this is a bummer if you’ve been earning your living as part of the grand conspiracy run by the Catholic Church to conceal the damning truths in the Dead Sea Scrolls. You know — how the Church has tried to suppress the fact that Christianity has doctrinal touchpoints with Judaism, and how some of its ideas come straight out of Judaism . . . no, wait . . . that’s what the New Testament book of Acts tells us. Someone tell the Vatican Library! (Or, better, Michael Baigent so he can get a clue).
In case you want to see the beginnings of a very cool project to put the original scrolls online in high resolution images — before the Pope and the secret bloodline descendants of Jesus and their allies from the Pleiades find out and clamp down on the project — here’s the link.
The first time was a few years after the scrolls were discovered when, contrary to nitwits like Baigent and Leigh (“The Dead Sea Scrolls Deception”), the scrolls began to be published. (For an account of the publishing history of the scrolls — other than simply looking at the copyright dates in the DJD series [Discoveries in the Judaean Desert], see VanderKam’s book for non-specialists, The Dead Sea Scrolls Today, pp. 187-193 of the first edition). So much for the conspiracy. Wow, that took a lot of research.
Anyway, the conspiracy died again, when the Qumran scrolls went digital. I had access to them in grad school.
Now, the scrolls are all going online. ! GASP ! WHAT ARE THEY THINKING !!! HOW DID THEY GET THIS PAST THE VATICAN?!? WHAT WILL THE ILLUMINATI DO NEXT!?! I’m on the edge of my seat.
Granted, it will take a while to put everything up online in high resolution, but before you think that’ll give the insiders a chance to obscure the damning truths in them that will overturn all that we think about the church (despite them being published since the fifties) you should realize that high resolution, scalable photographs of the scrolls have been available for years. I remember seeing the set made by BYU at least ten years ago, but I didn’t have a few thousand dollars (or that much interest) to purchase a set. Glad I waited.