Display includes 10th century Hebrew Bible, a 14th century manuscript of ‘The Guide for the Perplexed,’ and the first complete printed text of the Mishna from 15th century Naples.
A new project of the British Library, entitled “Discovering Sacred Texts,” has begun uploading images of manuscripts and early printed versions of some of the world’s most sacred religious texts, including dozens of Jewish works.
One of the earliest surviving manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible from the 10th century is among the collection, as well as important printed versions of the Bible from the 16th century; a rare manuscript of the Talmud which survived the book burnings of medieval Europe; the first complete printed text of the Mishna from 15th century Naples, and other texts.
The collection also includes the Johann Gutenberg’s Bible, the earliest full-scale work printed in Europe using movable type.
In addition, the collection displays the earliest known manuscript of the complete Greek New Testament, a Codex Sinaiticus dating back to the 4th century, and rare fragments of first-century Kharosthi scrolls from Afghanistan, which are thought to be the oldest surviving Buddhist texts.
One of the jewels of the collection are fragments of the First Gaster Bible, dating from the 10th century and likely produced in Egypt.
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