A year ago I wrote a blog post about the launching of the Codex Sinaiticus website. I am now delighted to be able to announce that, along with the International conference currently being held at the British Library, all the manuscripts we have, held at four different locations, are now available to us online.
This uncial manuscript of the Greek Bible, written between 330-350, is one of the most important books in the world. It includes the oldest complete copy of the New Testament. Its heavily corrected text is of outstanding importance for the history of the Bible and the manuscript – the oldest substantial book to survive Antiquity – is of supreme importance for the history of the book.
694 pages of Codex Sinaiticus are held in the British Museum in London. Eighty-six pages in the University Library in Leipzig, in Germany. Parts of 12 pages are in the National Library of Russia, St. Petersburg. 24 pages and 40 fragments remain in St. Catherine’s Monastery where all these parts were originally held.
Originally, it contained the Greek Old Testament (Septuagint) as well as the complete New Testament, and included the Epistle of Barnabas, and portions of The Shepherd of Hermas.