Mike Aquilina

Codex Moments

Tuesday October 17th 2006, 3:01 am

I haven’t checked this out, but a friend points us to ABC’s audio files on “The Story of Codex Sinaiticus, the Book from Sinai.” It’s posted as part 1 and part 2. The fourth-century codex is the earliest complete copy of the Bible to survive till our day, and one of the earliest examples we have of a book — copied by hand onto parchment leaves and bound. Narrator is Dr. Scot McKendrick, head of western manuscripts at the British Library and curator of the codex. The book resided at the Monastery of St. Catherine’s in Sinai from the sixth century till the nineteenth. Here’s an account, appropriately in book form, of its rediscovery.