The British Library Buys St Cuthbert Gospel

For 9 million pounds. CBS News: London — The British Library has paid 9 million pounds (US$14.3 million) to acquire the St. Cuthbert Gospel, a remarkably well-preserved survivor of seventh-century Britain described by the library as the oldest European book to survive fully intact. The palm-sized book, a manuscript copy of the Gospel of John in Latin,…

Oxford University, Vatican Libraries to Digitize Works

1.5 million pages of ancient texts will become available online. Awesome. MSNBC: London — The Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (BAV) say they intended to digitize 1.5 million pages of ancient texts and make them freely available online. The libraries said the digitized collections will center on three…

Rare Documents Burned in Egypt Clash

Pretoria News: Cairo – Volunteers in white laboratory coats, surgical gloves and masks stood on the back of a pickup truck on Monday along the banks of the Nile River in Cairo, rummaging through stacks of rare 200-year-old manuscripts that were little more than charcoal debris. The volunteers, ranging from academic experts to appalled citizens,…

Damascus Crown Bible Manuscripts Go On Rare Display

But only for a few hours last night at the Israel National Library: Jerusalem – Precious Bible manuscripts originating in the Jewish community of Damascus, Syria, went on display for several hours Wednesday, offering a rare glimpse at a collection that includes books spirited to Israel in clandestine operations before the ancient community disappeared at…

Calixtinus Codex Stolen

A priceless 12-century manuscript, which contains Europe’s first travel guide, has been stolen from a safe in Spanish cathedral: A priceless 12th-century illustrated manuscript containing what has been described as Europe’s first travel guide has been stolen from the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. The Codex Calixtinus, which was kept in a…

Metal Codices to be Examined by Multiple Labs

Bible Places.com via the ever vigilant Joseph Lauer: This article in the Jordan Times has some new information about the metal codices, particularly with regard to the seven books recently recovered by Jordanian police.  Authorities are set to send the recently recovered books to three separate labs for further analysis – in Britain, the US and…