July 21, 2008
One hears about many collaborative projects at their inception – all too often though interest dies out & the planned eventual result never appears publicly. In the case of the digitisation of the Codex Sinaiticus though, the project has progressed to the extent that much of the work will be available for viewing online later this week.
Agence France Presse
One of world’s oldest Bibles to be put online
21st July 2008
BERLIN (AFP) — One of the world’s oldest Bibles, the Codex Sinaiticus, which was discovered in Egypt in the 19th century, is to be made available online this week, the Leipzig University library said Monday.
The Codex Sinaiticus, which dates from the fourth century, is one of the two most ancient copies of the entire Bible in Greek. The other is the Codex Vaticanus.
The manuscript was uncovered by a German scholar in St Catherine’s monastery in the Sinai desert. Much of it, written on some 350 pages of vellum, ended up in St. Petersburg.
In the 1930s, most of this treasure trove was then sold by Stalin to the British Museum in London.
Some 40 pages also ended up going to Leipzig University, while yet more pages were found in the 1970s in a walled-up room at St Catherine’s monastery.
The project, sponsored by the British Museum and Leipzig University, aims to put the Bible back together in digital form — scanning all the pages held in Britain, Germany, Russia, and Egypt — and making it available on the Internet.
As of Thursday, “more than 100 pages, those from Leipzig and 67 from the British Museum, will be available online at www.codex-sinaiticus.net,” according to Leipzig library curator Ulrich Johannes Schneider.
Another part of the Codex will be made available in November and the remainder by next year, according to Schneider.
The codex, which is believed to contain the most accurate version of the New Testament, can be viewed online in high-definition pictures, with a full transcript of the Greek text, and translation into English and German of some key passages.
On the Net:
* The Codex Sinaiticus Project: http://www.codex-sinaiticus.net/
- How did the Codex Sinaiticus end up leaving Saint Catherine’s Monastery on Mount Sinai? : August 7, 2009
- Could new documents prove legitimate ownership of the Codex Sinaiticus by the British Library? : February 19, 2010
- The disputes that surround the Codex Sinaiticus Bible : July 24, 2008
- The virtually reunified Codex Sinaiticus goes online : July 8, 2009
- Historic international digitisation project to reunite world’s oldest bible : March 16, 2005
- The “Devil’s Bible” returns to Prague : September 27, 2007
- Benevento Missal returns to its rightful owners : April 20, 2011
- Elginism – the origins of a word : June 22, 2008