The World's Oldest Bible: How technology shapes belief

Arts and Law
Wednesday 29th May 2013 (13:00-14:00)
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Photograph of text within the Codex Sinaiticus

On Wednesday 29 May at 1pm, Professor David Parker will uncover more about Codex Sinaiticus, the oldest surviving Christian Bible and 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.

Professor Parker will describe this beautiful and remarkable manuscript, discussing the religious significance of the technological revolution from which it emerged and suggests parallels with other momentous moments in the history of the book which have shaped belief.

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Tickets for this talk, and other talks featuring in the Birmingham Speakers at Hay series, are available directly from the Hay Festival.