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Old 07-07-2009, 07:32 AM   #1
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Default Earliest bible pages viewable on-line

Fragments of the 1600-year old Codex Sinaiticus manuscript — some 800 pages — have been recovered and scanned by a consortium of institutions in the U.K., Germany, Egypt, and Russia, according to this BBC article: “Historic Bible pages put online.”

The exhibit shows one page at a time, with the fragments shown as they appear on the page, the location of which is provided (chapter and verse), with a transcription. The image can be zoomed (very slowly, section by section). Once zoomed, you can slide around to look at all the sections. There are other viewing choices, including standard or raking light; the latter is more realistic, the former easier to view.

There is also a panel to show translations into Russian, English, Dutch, or Greek, but I did not find any translated pages as I browsed. The text is in what my semi-tutored eye would say is Greek (?) uncials.

The pages are beautiful. If you are interested in calligraphy or letter forms in general, or the Christian bible in particular, you will appreciate this online exhibit.

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