The world's oldest Christian Bible is now online. On Monday the Codex Sinaiticus became available for perusal on the Web at http://www.codexsinaiticus.org so scholars and other readers can get a closer look at what the British Library calls a "unique treasure."
"(The book) offers a window into the development of early Christianity and firsthand evidence of how the text of the Bible was transmitted from generation to generation," said Scot McKendrick, head of Western manuscripts at the British Library.
As it survives today, Codex Sinaiticus comprises just over 400 large leaves of prepared animal skin. It is the oldest book that contains a complete New Testament.
The 4th-century book, written in Greek, is the oldest book that contains a complete New Testament.
Codex Sinaiticus, which means "the book from Sinai," was discovered at the Monastery of Saint Catherine at Mount Sinai by German Bible scholar Constantine Tischendorf in the mid-19th century.