Surviving Fragments of World’s Oldest Bible “Reunited” Online

Thanks to the Internet, the world’s oldest Bible, the Codex Sinaiticus, surviving fragments of which have been housed in four different libraries for over 150 years, is now reunited and available to researchers.

Hand written in Greek some 1,600 years ago, only a little more than half of the original text survives.  Parts of the book are held by the British Library in London, the Monastery of St. Catherine in Sinai, Egypt, the National Library of Russia and Leipzig University Library in Germany.

But now, thanks to a four-year British Library digitization project, the known fragments have been brought together again online so that scholars may view them as a whole.  Archivists there are hopeful improved scholarly access will produce clues to the origins of the manuscript, among other things.

Central Library in downtown Greensboro has a large section on religion, as well as many books on the Bible and its history.  If interested, try some of these recent titles:  The Sisters of Sinai:  How Two Lady Adventurers Discovered the Lost Gospels by Janet Soskice; A Visual History of the English Bible:  The Tumultuous Tale of the World’s Bestselling Book by Donald L. Brake; A User’s Guide to Bible Translations:  Making the Most of Different Versions by David Dewey; 101 Myths of the Bible:  How Ancient Scribes Invented Biblical History by Gary Greenberg; The Acts of the Apostles:  What Really Happened in the Earliest Days of the Church by Gerd Lüdemann; The African Presence in the Bible:  Gospel Sermons Rooted in History by William D. Watley and Raquel Annette St. Clair; Digging Through the Bible:  Understanding Biblical People, Places, and Controversies Through Archaeology by Richard A. Freund; How We Got the Bible:  A Visual Journey by Clinton E. Arnold; The Bible and the People by Lori Anne Ferrell; The Bible:  A Biography by Karen Armstrong; From Eden to Exile:  Unraveling Mysteries of the Bible by Eric H. Cline; Constantine’s Bible: Politics and the Making of the New Testament by David L. Dungan; Abraham:  The First Historical Biography by David Rosenberg; The Natural History of the Bible:  An Environmental Exploration of the Hebrew Scriptures by Daniel Hillel; How the Bible Was Built by Charles Merrill Smith and James W. Bennett; Misquoting Jesus:  The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why by Bart D. Ehrman; The Reluctant Parting:  How the New Testament’s Jewish Writers Created a Christian Book by Julie Galambush; Where God Was Born:  A Journey By Land to the Roots of Religion by Bruce Feiler; Secrets of the Bible by Richard Horsley & others; The Discovery of God:  Abraham and the Birth of Monotheism by David Klinghoffer; The Bible:  A History:  The Making and Impact of the Bible by Stephen M. Miller & Robert V. Huber; and Secret Origins of the Bible by Tim Callahan.

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