Even though the Ark of the Covenant story didn’t pan out (thanks, World Net Daily), there is news in the history of the Bible that is absolutely real and fascinating. It has to do with the oldest surviving complete manuscript of the New Testament and most of the Old Testament and Apocrypha, the Codex Sinaiticus, which has been digitized and put on the Internet for specialists and amateurs alike to peruse at their leisure. The Web site says the following about it:

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.

It’s not quite the same experience as seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls on display in Israel (which I last did back in 1998 and will be doing again this fall–if you’re interested in joining me in this pilgrimage to the Holy Land, let me know via e-mail), but it is still awesome to be able to look at one of the most important texts in the world. Joe Bob says check it out.

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