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ONDON, March 10 (RIA Novosti's Alexander Smotrov) - The Codex Sinaiticus-the oldest of the full extant manuscript Bibles-will eventually appear in a digital form on an unprecedented venture.

Representatives of the four academic institutions that are preserving Codex fragments have signed a contract in London to digitize this precious religious and literary monument.

Made in Greek on parchment in the 4th century A.D., the Codex Sinaiticus contained the canonical Old and New Testament books and two apocryphal, the Gospel of Barnabas and the Shepherd of Hermas.

The manuscript was preserved for many centuries at the Greek Orthodox monastery of St. Catherine in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt. Certain fragments were gone with the time. No older Scriptural manuscripts have ever been found.

As German researcher Constantine von Tischendorf was visiting the monastery, in the mid-19th century, he came across 43 Codex pages in a dustbin, of all places. The brethren allowed him to take the precious find to Germany. The pages have been preserved ever since at the Leipzig University Library.


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