We're very proud to be making manuscripts from the 17th century available online through our New England's Hidden Histories program. It's rare to find records that have survived for more than two hundred years. They are so often lost to fires, floods, other natural disasters, or well-meaning parishioners who take them home to store in their attics.
That's why I'm so excited by the British Library's recent announcement that they have digitized a handful of papyrus pages that have lasted almost ten times that long. Three of the seven newly digitized manuscripts from their impressive collection are fragmented sections of the Bible estimated to have been written between the second and fifth centuries. There are portions of Genesis in Latin, as well as apocrypha in the form of the Gospel of Thomas and the otherwise unknown "Egerton Gospel", both in Greek.
None of these pages have transcriptions or translations in the British Library's catalog, but they are still amazing to look at. If you view the documents themselves, you can even zoom in to see the warp and weft of the woven reeds that make up the papyrus.
If you're interested in such things, the BL Digitized Manuscript repository has a large number of religious and secular materials that are worth exploring. It includes a illuminated Gospels, Psalters, and other texts, and is searchable by any range of dates in the last 2000 years. Whether you can read the ancient languages they're written in or not, they are beautifully made.
Gospel of Thomas fragment in Greek, ca. 300 A.D. courtesy of the British Library