Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The World's Oldest Bible

The World's oldest bible, known as the Codex Sinaiticus, is written over 1600 years ago in Greek. It is made of 400 large pieces of prepared animal skin, each of which measures 15 inches by 13.5 inches (380 millimeters by 345 millimeters). It is the world's oldest book that contains a complete New Testament and is only missing parts of the Old Testament and the Apocrypha.

It has recently been digitised successfully under the Codex Sinaiticus Project, and was made available for viewing online to the public. Here's an extract from the Codex Sinaiticus website:

"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."

To view this ancient bible online, click here for Codex Sinaiticus website.

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