National Book Lovers Day: Codex Sinaiticus

If you were asked to name one of the most important books in the world, your first choice isn’t likely to be Codex Sinaiticus. But if it were you’d be correct! Sinaiticius is a codex representing one of the best witnesses of the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Old Testament used by early Christians.

Handwritten in the fourth century, it also contains the oldest complete copy of the New Testament. The codex is also significant as an authoritative text for Christian communities for the content and arrangement of the Bible—a written witness to the Christian construction of the Bible.

The surviving codex is split into four parts. The largest portion of the manuscript is at the British Library in London, a partner of the Sinaiticus Project, which is a joint collaboration to preserve and engage with this book of all books!

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