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.
The site has been created to accompany Sacred, a groundbreaking British Library exhibition that has brought together some of the world's most important and beautiful Jewish, Christian and Islamic texts.

Launch Understanding Sacred Texts

Understanding Sacred Texts

Investigate the Abrahamic scriptures by posing questions to faith leaders, educators, young people, theologians and a philosopher. The activity reminds us that the meanings within the texts are complex and endlessly fascinating.

Launch Sacred Stories

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.