Posted by: Ryan McDonald | July 23, 2008

Holy crap! Wanna’ read the oldest bible in existence?

Since moving to the high desert, I have been befriended by the local Jahovah’s Witnesses and have been given a number of pamphlets about the bible and what it says… My response to them in the past has been, “That’s nice, but I want to read the original Bible and y’know, sorta’ feel it out for myself.” It’s my generic out for bible-related talks and it’s worked okay… until now!

Some group of jackasses decided to patch together the oldest remaining bible in existence, the Codex Sinaiticus, digitize the pages and re-assemble them online for everyone to study. How old and cool is this book? The The Codex Sinaiticus Project website lays it all out.

Codex Sinaiticus is one of the most important books in the world. Handwritten well over 1600 years ago, the manuscript contains the Christian Bible in Greek, including the oldest complete copy of the New Testament. 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.

More info 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.

Way to ruin my biblical slacking the Codex Sinaiticus Project! Now I gotta’ bone up on my ancient Greek and get one of those nifty new book readers from Amazon to dig into this puppy when it’s fully released… I’m gonna’ find me the lost treasure of Jesus’ gold!


Responses

  1. Jesus’ gold?! …I smell a National Treasure 3!


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