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Sacred Texts: Print and online content

This page for access to text content of various sacred texts.

For books, articles, and background information about sacred texts, consult the Religious Studies subject page.

Table of Contents:

Background Information
  • Religious Studies
    This subject covers: the spiritual history and practices of human beings from mythological times to the present. Other related subjects are Philosophy, and Middle East Studies.
    • Ancient Near East
      The subject covers the languages, literature, history, and material culture of the Ancient Near East.
    • Jewish Studies
      Study of Jewish culture, history, literature, languages and religion.
    • Middle East Studies
      This subject covers: the study the people, cultures, religion, etc. of: Algeria; Bahrain; Egypt; Iran; Iraq; Israel; Jordan; Kuwait; Lebanon; Libya; Mauritania; Morocco; Oman; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Sudan; Syria; Tunisia; Turkey; United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
    • Philosophy
      This subject covers: aesthetics, epistemology, logic, ethics, history of philosophy, moral and political philosophy, philosophy of logic and mathematics, philosophy of mind and psychology, philosophy of science.
Collections of Texts
  • Books About Sacred Texts
  • Sacred Books of the Buddhists
    Tripitaka. English. 50 volumes.London : H. Frowde, Oxford University Press Warehouse, Amen Corner, E.C., 1895-
    Full text online via Hathi Trust link in Libraries catalog.
    • Location(s): Wilson Library Ames BL1410 .S2 Regular Loan
  • Da Zang Jing 大藏經 (print)
    121 volumes
    乾隆大藏經.Qianlong Da zang jing
    淨空, Shi; 淨宗學院 (Australia); 華藏淨宗學會; Jingkong, Shi; Jing zong xue yuan (Australia); Hua Zang jing zong xue hui
    Wilson Library East Asian (Reference) (BQ1210 .Q5 2003 )
    and other locations
    • Location(s): Wilson Library East Asian (Reference) BQ1210 .Q5 2003 (vol. 120
    MN Lib Access Ctr U of M Twin Cities BQ1210 .Q5 2003 (vols. 1-121)
  • Taishō shinshū Daizōkyō sakuin : Hokke-bu (Index)
    Author/Creator 高楠順次郎, 1866-1945 / Junjirō Takakusu 1866-1945. Publisher Tōkyō : Daizō Shuppan; 東京 : 大藏出版,
    Date 1947
    208 pages ; 27 cm.; volume LanguageS: Japanese, Chinese, English Subjects 大藏經 -- Indexes Buddhism -- Sacred books -- Indexes Da zang jing -- Indexes Description Added title in colophon : Index of the Taishō shinshū Daizōkyō (The Tripitaka in Chinese)
  • Bible and Reference Sources about the Bible
    Print and online versions of the Bible, plus reference sources about the Bible, and precise search strategies to find the exact records for Bible versions and related resources in the Libraries Catalog.
  • Bible--various versions
    Wilson General Collection and Wilson Reference: call number range: BS185 - BS195
  • Bible and Reference Sources about the Bible
    Print and online versions of the Bible, reference sources about the Bible, and precise MNCAT search strategies to find the exact records for Bible versions and related resources.
  • Medieval Manuscript Leaves at U of M Rare Books
    PRIMARY SOURCES: illustrated list of items in Andersen Library includes pages from Book of Hours, other liturgical sources, and pages of the Bible. Use control-F keystroke combination to search for and locate keywords in listings, e.g., "Bible leaf".
    • Bible and Reference Sources about the Bible
      Print and online versions of the Bible, reference sources about the Bible, and precise MNCAT search strategies to find the exact records for Bible versions and related resources.
    • Oxford Bible Atlas online (ebook)
      Oxford Bible atlas. online based on print edition.
      Wilson Library Quarto BS630 .O96 2007
      • Location(s): print edition also available: Wilson Quarto BS630 .O96 2007
    • Various concordances to the Bible
      Wilson Reference BS425
DEAD SEA SCROLLS (Judaism & Christianity)
  • Digital Dead Sea Scrolls
    High-resolution images of the scrolls, plus short explanatory videos and background information on the texts and their history. Five complete scrolls from the Israel Museum have been digitized for the project at this stage and are now accessible online." Language of the Scrolls: Hebrew is the most common language, though a small number of scrolls are written in Aramaic, and a few in Greek. The most common script is the Jewish script, also called the "Assyrian" or "square" script, which was widely used from the sixth century BCE on. However, about 14 biblical scrolls are written in the ancient Hebrew script, and many texts use a cryptographic script, combining mirror writing and a mixture of Jewish, ancient Hebrew, and Greek scripts. Description and commentary are in English.
  • Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls Bibliography
    "The Orion Center was established in 1995 as part of the Institute for Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    "Our web site provides many resources for the study of the Scrolls, as well as information about the Center's activities and programs."
  • Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls (Oxford Reference Library) online Authentication Required
    Featuring 450 articles by an international community of 100 distinguished scholars, the Encyclopedia is the definitive account of what we know about the scrolls: their history, relevance, meaning, and the controversies that surround them. The works are viewed in historical, linguistic, and religious contexts, with archaeological evidence providing a clear basis for dating and preservation of the manuscripts. Print version has two volumes. Online version available.
    • Location(s): Wilson Library Reference Quarto BM487 .E53 2000
    Check MNCAT Record for Location and Availability
  • Dead Sea Scrolls [bibliography]
    A list of books about the Dead Sea Scrolls. Be sure to check MNCAT to see if the University of Minnesota Libraries own the book.
  • The Nag Hammadi library in English (print)
    James M Robinson (James McConkey), 1924-2016.; Richard Smith 1943 September 28-; Coptic Gnostic Library Project. 4th rev. ed. / with an afterword by Richard Smith, managing editor.Leiden ; New York : E.J. Brill 1996
    Wilson Library General Collection (BT1391 .A3 1996 )
  • Wisdom of the Hindus
    New York : Brentano's 1927 Wilson Library Annex Sub-Basement 891.2 B812
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library 891.2 B812 Regular Loan
  • Vedic Concordance, A
    • Location(s): Wilson Library Ames Folio PK3009 .B6 1964 Regular Loan
    also TC Wilson Library Folio PK3009 .B6 1906 Regular Loan
  • Bhagavad-gita: a new English translation
    Bhagavad Gita : a new English translation / Stephen Mitchell. Edition 1st ed. Published New York : Harmony Books, 2000. Description 223 p. ; 25 cm. Other Title Bhagavadgita. English. 2000 Wilson Library BL1138.62 .E5 2000b Regular Loan
    • Location(s): Wilson Library BL1138.62 .E5 2000b Regular Loan
  • American Qur’an
    Iftikhar Dadi (Essay Author), Zareena Grewal (Essay Author), Sandow Birk (Artist) With a Preface by Reza Aslan First edition. New York: Liveright Publishing Corporation 2016 check Libraries catalog for availability Wilson Library General Collection (folio BP109 .B57 2016 )
  • Sublime Quran
    Bakhtiar, Laleh tr. 710 p.
    • Location(s): Wilson Library Reference BP109 2007
  • Glorious Koran
    a bi-lingual edition with English translation, introduction, and notes
    • Location(s): Wilson BP109 P5 1976
  • Sultan Baybar's Qur'an [virtual book]
    Sultan Baybars' Qur'an is one of the most magnificent Qur'ans in the British Library. Produced in Cairo in seven volumes between 1304-1306 AD (704-705 in the Muslim calendar), it is named after the Mamluk ruler who commissioned it, Rukn al-Din Baybars al-Jashnagir. It is the earliest dated Qur'an of the Mamluk period.
  • Concordance of the Qur'an
    online version Available from Oxford Islamic Studies Online
    • Location(s): Wilson Library Quarto BP133 .K37 1983
  • Primary Sources for Islam
    link may download PDF from THEOLOGICAL LIBRARIANSHIP: An Online Journal of the American Theological Library Association 1:1 (June 2008).

    Main journal link:

  • Sacred Texts of the Jains (Sacred Books of the East, vol. 22)
    Jaina Sutras, Part I
    (Sacred Books of the East vol. 22)
    Translated from the Prakrit by Hermann Jacobi, 1884
    Two Jain sacred texts, the Akaranga and Kalpa Sutras.
    Jaina Sutras, Part II
    (Sacred Books of the East vol. 45)
    Translated from the Prakrit by Hermann Jacobi, 1884
    Two Jain sacred texts, the Uttaradhyayana Sutra and Sutrakritanga.
    A Treatise on Jainism -- Ten Virtues Of Monks -- Twelve Reflections or Bhavnas -- Twelve Vows Of Layperson -- Fourteen Auspicious Dreams -- Five Bodies and Eight Vargnas -- Five Great Vows (Maha-vratas) -- Six Universal Substances (Dravyas)-- Meaning Of Ashta Prakari Puja -- Nine Tattvas (Principles) --
  • Bible: Basic Reference Sources
    Print and online versions of the Bible, reference sources about the Bible, and precise MNCAT search strategies to find the exact records for Bible versions and related resources.
  • Bar Ilan's Judaic library
    Searchable database: Judaic library and Responsa and Encyclopedia Talmudit.Bar Ilan's Judaic Library : in a class by itself-- : plus Responsa & Encyclopedia Talmudit. אוניברסיטת בר־אילן. פרוייקט השו״ת; רש״י, 1040־1105; Universiṭat Bar-Ilan. Proyeḳṭ ha-shut. Monsey, N.Y. : Torah Educational Software 9999 - Wilson Library Reference (BM495 .B39 )
    Check MNCAT Record for Location and Availability
  • Jewish Study Bible (print)
    "Jewish Publication Society Tanakh translation."
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library BS895 .J495 2004 Regular Loan
  • Talmud, the Steinsaltz edition
    Talmud is a record of rabbinic discussions pertaining to Jewish law, ethics, customs, and history. The Steinsaltz edition is an English translation by Adin Rabbi Steinsaltz.
    • Location(s): Wilson quarto BM499.5 .E4 1989
  • Encyclopedia Talmudica
    A digest of halachic literature and Jewish law from the Tannaitic period to the present time, alphabetically arranged

    • Location(s): WILSON BM500.5 .E613
  • Book of Enoch
  • Zohar. English : The Zohar.
    3 volumes. Aramaic text online available at publisher site :
    • Location(s): Wilson Library BM525.A52 M37 2004
  • Sacred Texts [Native American]
    100 pages. Translations of Iroquois, Navajo, and Zuni texts are included in appendices (p. 65-100).
    • Location(s): Wilson Library Quarto E98.R3 Z65 1992
  • Sikhism: Shri Guru Granth Sahib
    "The Granth is the central text of Sikhism, a religion that emerged in the Punjab region of India in the 15th Century. Sikhism is a unique faith which has aspects of Islam: monotheism and iconoclasm, and Hinduism: reincarnation, karma and nirvana. However Sikhism is distinct from Hinduism and Islam."
  • Dao de Jing (Tao Te Ching) by Lao Tze
  • Zend-Avesta
    Series: Sacred books of the East ; v. 4 [etc.].
    • Location(s): Wilson Library Ames BL1515 .A22 1965
Finding Sacred Texts in the Library Catalog

TITLES: Sacred texts are assigned "uniform titles" to improve title searching. For example, the uniform title for "gnostic scriptures" is "Nag Hammadi codices". Searches are not case sensitive. Search Also Under: names of individual books, e.g., Avesta, Bible, Koran, Tripitaka, Vedas, and subdivision sacred books under names of religions and religious denominations, e.g., buddhism--sacred books--lcsh

SUBJECTS: Try these Library of Congress subject headings when you search for books in UMN Libraries

  • Subject Headings:
    book of mormon
    hinduism--sacred books
    Nag Hammadi codices
    tao te ching
  • Searching in the Libraries Catalog
    Try these following headings for various sacred books

    Subjects with Subdivisions: examples:

    Other Subdivisions (try with any sacred text heading):
    --criticism interpretation etc

  • Subject Headings for the Bible

    There are over 2,000 subject heading combinations for the Bible. The examples below show the format for some commonly used headings and subdivisions. Do a title search when you want a particular version or translation.
    Subject examples:
    bible o t psalms--paraphrases
    bible as literature
    bible german--versions--luther

    Title examples:
    t=bible german
    t=bible n t greek
    Keyword examples:
    k=bible and atlas
    k=new testament and greek
    k=hebrew bible

    Subject and/or title examples:
    bible as literature
    bible english--versions
    bible english--versions--douai
    bible latin
    bible n t
    bible n t epistles of paul
    bible n t gospels
    bible n t greek
    bible n t luke
    bible o t
    bible o t apocrypha
    bible o t hebrew
    bible o t pentateuch
    bible o t ruth
    bible o t song of solomo

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