Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Oldest Christian Manuscript

A Christian codex written in 411 a.d. has had its missing last page found in a monasteries ancient olive oil storeroom. In the 11th century, a monk worried that the last page of the codex would become lost so he recorded the inscription on the last page into the middle of the document. The codex was collected in 1839 for the British Museum minus its last page.

Recent reconstruction work on the tower which contained the storeroom has revealed hundreds of fragments of documents and when a number of pieces were flattened out the missing last page of the 411 codex was found and restored.


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