Codex Sinaiticus: Oldest Bible in the World Scanned From Animal Skins, Published Online

July 6, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The oldest known surviving bible, portraying the early emergence of Christianity, commissioned by the Roman emperor Constantine the Great in the 4th century, has now been meticulously scanned from delicate animal parchment and published online in its entirety. Now scholars around the globe can have full digital access to the ancient biblical manuscript.

The oldest bible in the world is often referred to as the Codex Sinaiticus or the Sinai Bible and it was separated over the years into four parts, held by the countries of Germany, Russia, Egypt and Britain. Biblical scholars were forced to travel to these four separate locations around the world to study the entire manuscript.

The British Library initiated a four-year project to scan the ancient bible and unite the manuscript in cyberspace. The library owned nearly 600 pages of the ancient manuscript written by various scribes on animal parchments 1,600 years ago. The scans are so clear that scar tissue from the animals slaughtered for their precious hides can be seen.

The Codex Sinaiticus, written in ancient Greek script was kept safe in the Monastery of St Catherine in Sinai for centuries, until other countries acquired parts of the manuscript. It’s believed to be the only manuscript surviving from the original 50 bibles ordered by Roman emperor Constantine.

Scholars can now easily study the ancient Sinaiticus and compare the early manuscript to modern interpretations of the Bible.

The Codex Sinaiticus can be found here.

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