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BIBL Index – Biblia Patristica Online

For advanced researchers working in the areas of Biblical hermeneutics and the Early Church, we call your attention to a new database tool on the web. BIBL Index is the online version of the well known, if incomplete, Biblia Patristica.

Just as Biblia Patristica, BIBL provides a working index of Biblical quotations and allusions in Early Christian literature, Greek and Latin. Used as a Scripture index to early church writings, researchers can trace the cited passage(s) to a critical edition like SourcesChrétiennes (at Ireland Library) or within TLG Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (online) and Library of Latin Texts, formerly CETEDOC (online access on the way)

bibl1The search interface is quirky, to say the least, but BIBL should prove a valuable tool for advanced users. Please note that as the index itself is not nearly complete, some major figures are NOT included (St. Augustine for one!) as well as some major works by included authors.

Here is a bare bones video to get you started

The sponsors, the folks behind Sources Chrétiennes, do plan further indexing but it appears that their “funding has been suspended” and so this worthy project must be deemed endangered, to say the least. Although BIBL is completely free, and in spite of a funding freeze, registrations are still accepted. Individual registration is required. Those concerned with personal online security (all of us) might consider a separate “dummy” email account (Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, etc.) for your registration, as a foil to the spammers.


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