World's Oldest Christian Bible Digitized
The surviving pages from the world's oldest Christian Bible have been digitized and reunited in a single location for the first time in over 150 years.
It was in separate sections across four countries and until now scholars had to travel to all four countries to examine the ancient texts.
This is a tribute to the team that managed not only to get cooperation from all four countries, but to also permission to digitize the fragile documents and share them electronically online for the world to see. It is a huge accomplishment.
"(The book) offers a window into the development of early Christianity and firsthand evidence of how the text of the Bible was transmitted from generation to generation," said Scot McKendrick, head of Western manuscripts at the British Library.
As it survives today, Codex Sinaiticus comprises just over 400 large leaves of prepared animal skin, each of which measures 15 inches by 13.5 inches (380 millimeters by 345 millimeters). It is the oldest book that contains a complete New Testament and is only missing parts of the Old Testament and the Apocrypha.
The 4th-century book, written in Greek, has been digitally reunited in a project involving groups from Britain, Germany, Russia and Egypt, which each possessed parts of the 1,600-year-old manuscript.