The oldest Bible in the world in the British Museum

The oldest Bible in the world in the British Museum

If you have the opportunity to visit London, you cannot miss the opportunity to visit the British Museum in the city since here is the oldest copy of the Bible in the world, the Codex Sinaiticus, becoming one of the main attractions of this prestigious museum.

Currently, the British Museum houses an interesting exhibition that deals with religious evolution in Ancient Egypt after 1,200 consecutive years after Cleopatra's death.

In this exhibition, called: “Egypt: faith after the pharaohs”, There are about 200 objects of great historical importance that make visiting this museum highly recommended and where they allow us to explore the interweaving of the three main monotheistic religions of this fascinating and mysterious country.

A journey is made through 12 years of religious history at a time between the integration of Egypt into the Roman Empire, approximately in 30 BC, until the fall of the Fatimid caliphate in 1171, which will allow us to find a large number of objects of great historical value from different religions such as polytheists , Judaic, Christian and Islamic.

As stated Elisabeth O'Connell, curator of this exhibition, we can see the relationships between state and religion, where many people became Christians in the 5th century and later Muslims in the 10th century, following the religion adopted by the ruling elite and the nobles of those times.

We can also see many of the day-to-day actions of the settlers of those years, taking as an example a rental contract of two Christian nuns to a Jew, which makes it clear that the different communities did not live separated from each other as they came to be. think about a certain moment.

Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, explained that the idea that a religion is something that had boundaries that set people apart was not something that actually happened, it was a world where people believed in many different things.

MacGregor stated that the Codex Sinaiticus is the most important book of all those preserved in Great Britain, a book written in Greek in the middle of the 4th century on a cowhide parchment, which was mainly intended for the monks of the monastery of Saint Catherine, on Mount Sinai, becoming an important treasure that is worth seeing.

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