IntraText Digital Library
- There are a growing number of online digital libraries that give
access to a large number of church documents, writings of the
Fathers, versions of the Bible, and so on. The InterText Digital
Library at http://www.intratext.com/ does this as well, but it also
provides additional features which can be very useful.
For example, the complete edition of the New American Bible is
available in the library at http://www.intratext.com/X/ENG0839.HTM .
You can click on a specific word and instantly get a concordance
showing other instances of this word elsewhere in the entire Bible.
Footnotes are also just a click away. In these, if a reference is
made to a specific passage elsewhere in the Bible, simply click on
the biblical notation to read the passage. Even the words in the
footnotes are in the concordance so that if you are interested in
exploring a specific theme, you can do so. There is even an index of
footnotes. For scholars, there are statistics and graphs for word
frequency, word lists by frequency, length, or in alphabetical order.
The help section on the site provides an overview of what IntraText
is and odes;
IntraText is a text converted into a "lexical hypertext", an
interactive hypertext system consisting of:
* text, which you access from the index or from the
concordances. If the text contains footnotes, these will appear at
the foot of the text page and the general index will also contain an
index of the footnotes;
* word lists: these are ordered alphabetically, by frequency
of occurrence, in inverse order and by length. The words in the
lists are linked to the concordances;
* concordances: lists comprising every occurrence of a
particular word in the text. Each occurrence is displayed in the
centre of a short extract from the text;
* statistics: word and occurrence statistics plus other
features of the text.
There are thousands of documents in this library available in
several languages and in dozens of fields of study. Over 1100 of
these are in English. Of interest to Catholics are the following:
* Catechesi Tradendae on catechesis in our time
* Catechism of the Catholic Church
* Second Vatican Ecumenical Council Documents
* Canons of the seventh ecumenical councils
* General Instruction of the Roman Missal
* Code of Canon Law
* John Paul II: 1,100 documents of in 26 languages
For other Church document see the Encheridion Vaticanum section at
http://www.intratext.com/EVI/ and explore the Bibliotheca Catholica
section at http://www.intratext.com/BCI/.
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