The British Library in London has unveiled their on-line edition of the the world’s oldest Bible, thought to have been commissioned by Emperor Constantine. The original manuscript, the Codex Sinaiticus, dates from the middle of the 4th Century.
It took four years to digitise the manuscript, various sections of which are held in Egypt, Russia and Germany. Scot McKendrick of the British Library said, “Through the online web presentation of this ancient treasure what we are hoping is to allow people wherever they are to connect with this, to experience this wonderful thing. There are a only a handful of people in the world who are still alive who have ever seen all the different parts of this manuscript.” The Codex Sinaiticus was written by four scribes in Greek Uncial script on vellum, or beaten animal hide – and originally was 1,400 pages long, although only 800 pages have survived. The najor breakthrough though, was the discovery that Genesis was not originally the first book of the Bible, that originally there was something before it. It is not known exactly what the missing text was, but it is now know that there was something. Apart from that, manuscript offers first-hand evidence of how the text of the Bible was transmitted from generation to generation. And now it is available to everyone. To read the manuscript on-line see: