World's oldest known bible on display at British Museum



2015-10-29 14:27:01

The world’s oldest known bible is to go on display at the British Museum as part of the "Egypt: faith after the pharaohs" exhibition.

The show will document the rise of the Abrahamic religions in the region.

The book, known as the Codex Sinaiticus, was written on vellum by Greek monks during the 4th century.

Neil MacGregor, the museum’s director, said: "It is without question the most important book in Britain. It is a remarkable chance to see it in the context of the world in which it was made…

"The idea that religion is something with clear boundaries distinguishing people from their neighbours is simply not what was happening there. It was a world where many people believed in many things.”

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