Codex Sinaiticus Online (and P46)

Codex Sinaiticus | Mark 1 | Folio 217b
                      (Mark 1 archive: BL folio: 217b scribe: A)

For the first time ever, Codex Sinaiticus is available to read and study online.

Codex Sinaiticus is one of the most important books in the world. Handwritten well over 1600 years ago, the manuscript contains the Christian Bible in Greek, including the oldest complete copy of the New Testament. Its heavily corrected text is of outstanding importance for the history of the Bible and the manuscript – the oldest substantial book to survive Antiquity – is of supreme importance for the history of the book.

Only portions of the Codex are available right now, but by next July the entire Codex will be available, along with transcription, translation and search functions. (You can also read portions of Codex P46 online at the University of Michigan Library. P46 contains the earliest surviving copy of the Letters of Paul.)

There was a time when you would have to travel the world to study manuscripts like these in a museum. Hopefully we will continue to see the digitization of manuscripts made available to all for research and study.

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