In another example of how technology can help us understand the past, the surviving parts of the world's oldest Christian Bible will be reunited online, according to a report by Reuters on July 6.
Different parts of the manuscript have been owned by different institutions. Now, the collection can be viewed at www.codexsinaiticus.org/en/, which will allow scholars access to what had been limited before.
The Codex Sinaiticus was handwritten by four scribes in Greek on animal hide, known as vellum, in the mid-fourth century around the time of the Roman emperor Constantine the Great.
Not all of it has withstood the ravages of time, but the pages that have include the whole of the New Testament and the earliest surviving copy of the four Gospels.
The Bible's remaining 800 pages and fragments -- it was originally some 1,400 pages long -- also contain half of a copy of the Old Testament. The other half has been lost.
"The Codex Sinaiticus is one of the world's greatest written treasures," said Scot McKendrick, head of Western Manuscripts at the British Library in London, which held the largest collection of pages. "This 1,600-year-old manuscript 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."