Oldest Christian Bible made whole again online

July 6, 2009


The surviving parts of the world’s oldest Christian Bible were reunited online on Monday, generating excitement among biblical scholars still striving to unlock its mysteries. The Codex Sinaiticus was hand written by four scribes in Greek on animal hide, known as vellum, in the mid-fourth century around the time of the Roman emperor Constantine the Great who embraced Christianity.

Not all of it has withstood the ravages of time, but the pages that have include the whole of the New Testament and the earliest surviving copy of the Gospels written at different times after Christ’s death by the Four Evangelists: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The Bible’s remaining 800 pages and fragments — it was originally some 1400 pages long — also contain half of a copy of the Old Testament. The other half has been lost.

Read our full story here. And consult the Codex here.

(Photo: Part of the Codex Sinaiticus at the British Library in London 3 July 2009/Kieran Doherty)

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Ironic that hundreds of thousands if not millions of people have been slaughtered and tortured over the last 2000 years over interpretations of the bible. The release of this information (1,600 years after it was written) confirms that the bible is simply another work of fiction.

The sad part is that even today people are still being killed and tortured in the name of a “divine being”. Imagine if one day the human race could be liberated from its fear of death and the need to believe in some religious cult of a divine being. Maybe one day belief in reason and science will trump superstition and faith and true peace will reign on earth.

Posted by John Lennon | Report as abusive

alot of prominent advocates of your philosophy,did not have same conviction while on their deathbeds,their proclamation at the end was not made with the confidence that they had proclaimed it though out their lives.but there again john lennon,we have a choice and to some of us this choice to believe gives us more joy than words can describe.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

Hmm, this personality John Lennon sounds similar to the john lennon who had left with a gun shot who had also made anti-christian remarks. Why? why? why? you want to imagine death, just stay there in H***

Posted by PetrusMJ | Report as abusive

Respected Sir John Lennon

Here are some Scriptures that you must consider.

This passage is from the book Philippians(New Testament) chapter 2.
5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

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