Reunited, Digitized Codex Sinaiticus Draws Worldwide Media Attention

Codex Sinaiticus

Digitized Codex Sinaiticus

The World’s Oldest Bible

The fourth-century Bible, Codex Sinaiticus, whose ‘reunification’ project received early support from the ATBL in 2004, is increasingly a focus of media attention.

The latest illustrated article on what has now become a “digital scripture”, available worldwide on the internet, appeared in the December 2009 issue of National Geographic magazine.

Codex Sinaiticus, handwritten on parchment in ancient Greek between the 1st and 4th centuries, resided at St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai. In the mid-1800s scholars from several countries removed sections of its fragile text for safekeeping. The divided Codex, which includes the earliest known complete copy of the New Testament, inspired a campaign four years ago to reunite what remains of the sacred text at the monastery with existing parts in Germany, Russia and the British Library. The American Trust made a $16,000 grant to support the early development phase of the campaign.

The now reunited Codex has become a virtual archive, each page appearing in high definition along  with a catalogue of details. The successful digitization effort has resulted in a new 21st century address for the world’s oldest Bible: codexsinaiticus.org.

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