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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Codex Sinaiticus goes online

"A 'unique treasure' of Biblical history is to be made available online for the first time through a collaborative project between the British Library and three other major international institutions. The Codex Sinaiticus, considered to be the world's most important Biblical manuscript, dates from the fourth century and is thought to be the earliest, most complete Christian bible. The manuscript is, however, split up and housed in four different locations - London, Sinai, St Petersburg and Leipzig. This means that pages from one book of the bible manuscript might be housed in two or more different repositories. The initial website launch on July 24 2008 will mean that 25 per cent of the manuscript's 800 extant pages and over 40 fragments will be available online. This will be the first time that some pages have been seen together in one place for centuries"

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