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World's Oldest Bible Hits the Intarwebbs! Answered

Here's one for ya, Goodhart:

A fourth-century, handwritten, Greek (and no-doubt Catholic ;-) Bible... FROM THE FOURTH CENTURY!!!!!111!!!11! 1!

The British Library plans to begin publishing the Codex Sinaiticus, a 4th century text handwritten in Greek, on its Web site. The Gospel of Mark and the Book of Psalms go online Thursday. The full manuscript is to be online in a year.

Translations of the Codex Sinaiticus have long been widely available, but publishing images of the manuscript online will let anyone see pages that, until now, have been viewed in detail mainly by academia.

As the Web site becomes operational, it will show photographs of each page of the text, with links to translations in English and German. There will also be a search function.

"It contains the earliest complete copy of the New Testament," said Scot McKendrick, the head of Western Manuscripts at the British Library.

Click here to read more than I did! (via CNN)


*sigh* First it is a misnomer to call the Greek testament the NEW testament (the "new" testament was known by Abraham), and secondly it is REALLY a misnomer to call the Greek testament THE Bible. It is completely based in the Hebrew / Aramaic text of Torah, Nevi'im, and Ketuvim.
Other then that, it should be interesting to see how accurate "oldest" is :-)

The History of Mankind is a misnomer...

then what would you call "history" ?

I just saw this and thought, "Hey, Goodhart..." lol

=\ stop stealing my language, I said that first in the chatroom.


I heard that one guy who's picture is a mounty or whatever say it before the chatroom even existed.

You take teh interwebs far too seriously.

Your "knowledge" is the only source?

That's cool. I can read enough Greek to get by (with a little help from the lexicon), and I'll definitely check this out. I've always been fairly impressed with the transmission of ancient literature through the years. Also, keep in mind that "catholicism" of the fourth century is quite different from the Roman church today.

Also, keep in mind that "catholicism" of the fourth century is quite different from the Roman church today.

True, but it stayed the same for the most part up until the Vatican II, when some (much-needed, IMHO) changes were made.