Scholarly Online Bibliographies for the Study of Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia

One word for this site: wow.

The above link leads to a gateway site for online bibliographies related to the study of the ancient Near East. It’s an amazing resource.

You’re welcome!

More Free Online Resources for Ancient Research

As is my custom, every once in a while I have to post something that veers away from exposing paleobabble toward real research. I’ve posted in the past about the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute and its posting of various volumes related to Assyriology. Here are some other goodies (courtesy of the Ancient World Online blog):

The Claremont Colleges Digital Library offers several open access resources relating to antiquity:

The Bulletin of the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity is published periodically under the auspices of the Society for Antiquity and Christianity for the general information of persons interested in the research programs of the Institute.
The Claremont Coptic Encyclopedia (CCE) will initially include approximately 2800 articles published in The Coptic Encyclopedia (Aziz S. Atiya, ed. NY: Macmillan, 1991).
The Nag Hammadi codices, thirteen ancient manuscripts containing over fifty religious and philosophical texts written in Coptic and hidden in an earthenware jar for 1,600 years, were accidentally discovered in upper Egypt in the year 1945.


This site contains over 25,000 links to Greek and Latin authors online. The links include detailed lists of events and sources for the history of the Hellenistic world and the Roman republic. It includes links to online translations of many of the sources, as well as new translations of some works which have not previously been easily available in English.

Sweet Assyriology Resources Online

The Ancient World Online (AWOL) blog recently posted about updates made to the CDLI (Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative) wiki site, now hosted at the University of Oxford.

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!

More Online Resources for Vaccination Against PaleoBabble

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

The Gospel of Thomas Resource Center

  • 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 Ancient World Mapping Center

  • 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.

Giza 3-D

  • 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

Dead Sea Scrolls Put Online; Catholic Church Fires Head of Papal Department of Conspiracies

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.

Dead Sea Scroll Conspiracy Dies — Again

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.