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New acquisition: Codex Sinaiticus facsimile

One of Special Collections’ most recent acquisitions is a copy of the new facsimile of the Codex Sinaiticus issued by the British Library. The Codex Sinaiticus is a very important Greek manuscript dating from the 4th century. It is one of the two oldest manuscripts of the Bible in existence, and the oldest copy of the New Testament in Greek in existence. The manuscript was broken up during the 19th century and the fragments are in four different libraries. In the past decade, efforts have been made to reunite these fragments by digitizing them. The British Library has released the images of the entire manuscript both online and in print form.

The new facsimile bears the call number Rare Book Collection Folio BS 64 .S3 2010. Scholars may also wish to consult earlier facsimiles of the manuscript: the 1922 Old Testament facsimile (Vault Collection Folio 221.42 Si61L 1922) or the 1862 facsimile issued by the manuscript’s modern discoverer, Constantin von Tischendorf (Vault Collection Folio 220.42 Si61 1862).

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