24 February 2010

Codex Sinaiticus

Currently I'm down in London, visiting the British Library, where I hope to see the Codex Sinaiticus. It has it's own website - www.codexsinaiticus.org/en - where you can find out all about it this important early work. The website reports:

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.

Sr Teresa, who is a nun of the Sisters of Charity of St Paul the Apostle, the Selly Park sisters, taught us Greek whilst at seminary. She often raved about coming here and so, today, I'm making the pilgrimage in her honour. Please do pray for her and for all the sisters in Birmingham, indeed across the world, who work tirelessly under the patronage of the Apostle to the Gentiles.

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