Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Codex Vaticanus B available for sale

Finally, a dream has come true. It is now possible to own a full color copy of Codex Vaticanus B. This particular Codex is one of the oldest and most valuable extant manuscripts of the Greek Bible (it has been dated back to the fourth century). The codex is named for its place of housing in the Vatican Library. It is written in Greek on vellum (animal skin specially prepared for writing) and is one of the best manuscripts of the Bible in Greek. Codex Sinaiticus is its only competitor in terms of significance for textual critical analysis.

And now I can own a fascimile copy-----that is, if I can come with an extra $6,935. Published in Rome by the Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, only 450 copies have been made. It even comes with a plexiglass slip case!

Somehow I doubt my church--or my wife--will cough up 7k for a single book, but an ancient language nerd can still dream...


  1. You could start a web fund:
    "Buy Josh a Codex Vaticanus B!"

    It doesn't really slide off the toungue though ;P

  2. If your kids stopped shaking you down for a dollar at a time (per last Sunday's sermon) you'd be there before you knew it. It would be a lesson for them in sacrificial Christianity, which, of course, is redundant.

  3. I'll chip in a couple of bucks. Heck, lots of churches spend way more than 7,000 on stuff that is a whole lot less useful.

  4. I just ordered one and should have it in my possesion in aprox 4 to 5 weeks. If your ever in Kansas City your welcome to stop by and view it. Good Luck

  5. marcus, you have just become my new best friend--and my next vacation spot! :o)

  6. He he, ok just let me know when you want to see it and the door will be open my friend.