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19Dec

Ten Commandments and rare Gaelic manuscript online

As part of a Cambridge University Library digital project, a copy of The Ten Commandments (dating back two millennia) and a rare manuscript containing the earliest written Gaelic are now freely available online for everyone. The project of the Cambridge University Library is making 25.000 images digitally available on its website, which has already attracted tens of millions of hits since the project was launched in December 2011.

The Nash Papyrus
Cambridge University Library

The Nash Papyrus is one of the oldest known manuscripts containing text from the Hebrew Bible. It has become one of the latest treasures of humanity to join Isaac Newton's notebooks, the Nuremberg Chronicle and other rare texts as part of the Cambridge Digital Library. Before the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Nash Papyrus was by far the oldest manuscript with text from the Hebrew Bible and like most fragile historical documents, only available to a select number of people.

In addition to religious texts, internet users can also view the 10th century Book of Deer, which is widely believed to be the oldest surviving Scottish manuscript and contains the earliest known examples of written Gaelic. 'Now anyone with a connection to the Internet can select a work of interest, turn to any page of the manuscript, and explore it in extraordinary detail,' Cambridge University stated.