Sacred texts

What is sacred?  How do we extract meaning from sacred texts? Where do religious stories come from? How are these stories relevant to people today? The resources in this site will allow you to investigate all these questions and more.

Sacred Stories

Open the books in this beautiful interactive to explore twelve stories from six different religions. All twelve stories have been animated using images from the British Library's collection. Users will be able to discover the origins of the tales and to investigate the crossovers and contrasts between them.

Understanding Sacred Texts

This interactive investigates the Abrahamic scriptures by posing a range of questions to a panel of 'experts': faith leaders, educators, young people, theologians and an atheist philosopher. The activity reminds users that the meanings within the texts are complex, multifaceted and endlessly fascinating.

This interactive, featured in the Sacred exhibition, provides background and contextual information for each of the abrahamic faiths. A HTML version of these pages is also available.

To access further resources, including videos, podcasts, blogs and online texts, visit the British Library's Sacred Contexts pages.