Codex Alexandrinus

The Codex Alexandrinus is considered one of the oldest, most complete manuscripts of the Bible. Dating from the fifth century, this manuscript of the Greek Bible is considered one of Christianity’s greatest treasures. And it was nearly lost forever!

The codex was kept in Ashburnham House, the English residence of the keeper of the king’s libraries. On October 23, 1731, a fire broke out. Many of the manuscripts were lost or severely damaged, but Dr. Richard Bentley, Keeper of the King’s Libraries, had the presence of mind to grab the Codex Alexandrinus as he fled for his life from the fire! Today this priceless manuscript can be seen at the British Library in London, England—its home since 1973.

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