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BBC Learning English
Words in the News
6th July 2009
World's oldest Bible put online
The world's oldest surviving Bible has been pieced together and made available on the
internet. The 1,600-year-old "Codex Sinaiticus" was split up after its discovery in the 18th
Century. Here's our Religious Affairs Correspondent Robert Pigott:

Before the Codex Sinaiticus was compiled and bound less than 400 years after Jesus'
crucifixion, most Bibles were written on collections of scrolls. The 1,400 parchment pages
of the Codex - which was named after its discovery in Sinai - were scattered between St
Petersburg, Leipzig, London and Egypt, but each page has now been digitally photographed
and collected on a single web-site.

900 of the 16 by 14 inch pages survive, each bearing four neat columns of Classical Greek.
Careful study reveals passages that have been questioned and altered repeatedly over the
centuries.

The British Library, which begins an exhibition of the Codex Sinaiticus today, said the book
gave first-hand evidence of how the text of the Bible had been transmitted from generation
to generation.

Robert Pigott, BBC

Words in the News

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Vocabulary and definitions
compiled

put together

bound

made into a book - by fastening together separate pieces of
paper, parchment (see below) or other material used for
writing

scrolls

rolls of paper, parchment (see below) or other material
used for writing

parchment

a yellowish material made from dried and treated animal
skin which in the old days was used for writing

scattered between

located in different places, such as

neat

orderly, tidy

passages

here, extracts, short pieces of writing that are part of a
larger work

altered repeatedly

changed many times

the book gave first-hand

the book provided new, original proof

evidence
transmitted

here, passed

More on this story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/8135415.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7651105.stm
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Words in the news

© British Broadcasting Corporation 2009
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