Codex Sinaiticus: the world's oldest Bible, published in facsimile

Produced under the auspices of The British Library

When the British Museum purchased the Codex Sinaiticus from the Soviet Union for £100,000 in 1933, not only was it the largest sum ever spent on a book, but the public reaction was also unprecedented, with crowds queuing up outside the Museum simply to look at the book. This, after all, is the oldest, most complete Bible in the world - a manuscript written in the mid 4th century, and perhaps commissioned by Emperor Constantine himself. It is a snapshot of Christianity in development - of the Bible as we now think of it in the very process of creation.

Such a treasure is of the utmost importance to scholars, yet its very antiquity means it must be handled with extraordinary care. The Codex Sinaiticus Project was set up to photograph and transcribe the entire manuscript - not only the major part held by The British Library, but the fragments recently discovered at St Catherine's Monastery at Mount Sinai and in St Petersburg, and the pages held in Leipzig. The project has involved a colossal amount of research in order to clarify the tangled history of the manuscript, and the creation of an online text, which has made the manuscript available to scholars worldwide.

A facsimile has now been created under the auspices of The British Library and published by Hendrickson, the world's leading publisher of Bibles. The Folio Society is delighted to have obtained a limited number of copies at a significant discount on the published price - click here for more details.

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