May 23, 2022

UK: “British Library Will Lend World’s Oldest Bible To British Museum”

From The Guardian:

The British Library is to lend one of its greatest treasures, the world’s oldest bible, to the British Museum for an ambitious and groundbreaking exhibition exploring 1,200 years of Christian, Islamic and Jewish faith in Egypt after the pharaohs.

The Codex Sinaiticus is one of the most important books in the world and has only been lent once, in 1990 – also to the British Museum – when both collections shared the same building.


Scot McKendrick, head of western manuscripts at the British Library, said it had, in effect, only left the walls of the institution once when it was moved for safekeeping to a specially built cave in Aberystwyth during the second world war. “Since it arrived in the 1930s it has always been one of the greatest treasures in the collection,” he said.


The codex is considered one of the world’s greatest written treasures and was the prototype for every subsequent Christian Bible.

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See Also: View a Digitized Version of the Codex Sinaiticus (via The British Libary, National Library of Russia , St. Catherines Monastery,  and Leipzig University Library)

See Also: The Online Codex Sinaiticus Changes Book Scholarship for Good (July 8, 2009)

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