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Codex Sinaiticus - The oldest known bible is now available on Internet!

2009-07-07
Codex Sinaiticus is one of the most important books in the world. It was handwritten for over 1600 years ago. The manuscript contains the Christian Bible in Greek, including the oldest complete copy of the New Testament. An international collaboration has now reunited the entire manuscript in digital form and made it accessible to a global audience for the first time.
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Photo. The oldest known bible, Codex Sinaiticus, is now available on Internet! © Travel Explorations.

According to the website Codex Sinaiticus, its heavily corrected text is of outstanding importance for the history of the Bible and the manuscript – the oldest substantial book to survive Antiquity – is of supreme importance for the history of the book.

Codex Sinaiticus was discovered by Constantin Tischendorf in a convent at the foot of Mount Sinai. It contains the entire Greek Bible, plus the Epistle of Barnabas and most of the Shepherd of Hermas (early Christian writings which were widely used in teaching). It is believed to be from the fourth century, but somewhat later than Codex Vaticanus.

The Codex Sinaiticus Project is an international collaboration to reunite the entire manuscript in digital form and make it accessible to a global audience for the first time. Drawing on the expertise of leading scholars, conservators and curators, the Project gives everyone the opportunity to connect directly with this famous manuscript (Source: website: Codex Sinaiticus

Stein Morten Lund, 7 July 2009

Additional information
Codex Sinaiticus: text, Bible, book - International conference, 6-7 July 2009 at the British Library: To celebrate the virtual re-unification of all extant leaves of Codex Sinaiticus, the British Library is hosting an academic conference on topics relating to Codex Sinaiticus. For more information: Codex Sinaiticus conference

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