While it is fabulous to be able to get news in a second and wonderful to view online albums of photos from friends, one of the best parts of the Internet and its functionality is getting access to materials to which ordinary people would never have access.

The project to digitize the Codex Sinaiticus has been several years in the making and it is finally coming online this week. While most people won’t be able to read the ancient text, having access and being able to puzzle over the words yourself without an intermediary provides the opportunity to translate the Bible yourself and make your own interpretation.

clipped from www.cnn.com

LONDON, England (CNN) — The oldest known surviving copy of the New Testament gets the modern touch Thursday when parts of it go online for the first time.

The full manuscript of the Codex Sinaiticus will be online a year from now.

While the Codex contains all of the New Testament, it also includes part of the Old Testament and originally contained the entire text of the Christian Bible. The manuscript also includes the Apocrypha, 14 disputed books of the Old Testament that are usually omitted from the Protestant Bible. It also includes two early Christian texts: the “Epistle of Barnabas” and the “Shepherd of Hermas.”

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