Codex Sinaiticus

Posted in Books, History at 9:55 am by Mithridates

There is a project underway to create a digital facsimile of the (arguably) oldest Bible, the Codex Sinaiticus, now split in four countries (via Cronaca).

A team of experts from the UK, Europe, Egypt, Russia and the US have joined together to reunite this iconic treasure in virtual form. This unprecedented collaborative approach to achieve reunification involves all four of the institutions at which parts of the manuscript are held : St Catherine’s Monastery, Sinai; the British Library, the University of Leipzig, Germany; and the National Library of Russia, St. Petersburg.

The project encompasses four strands: conservation, digitisation, transcription and scholarly commentary to make the Codex available for a worldwide audience of all ages and levels of interest. There are plans for a range of projects including a free to view website, a high quality digital facsimile and CD Rom. It is intended that this project will be a model for future collaborations on other manuscripts.

The British Library already has a number of digital facsimiles available for browsing, including the Lindisfarne Gospels and the Diamond Sutra.

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