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« on: July 07, 2010, 12:00:48 PM »

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1292150/Worlds-illustrated-Christian-bible-discovered-Ethiopian-monastery.html#ixzz0sxUR59Bd

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The world's earliest illustrated Christian book has been saved by a British charity which located it at a remote Ethiopian monastery.
The incredible Garima Gospels are named after a monk who arrived in the African country in the fifth century and is said to have copied them out in just one day.
Beautifully illustrated, the colours are still vivid and thanks to the Ethiopian Heritage Fund have been conserved.
Abba Garima arrived from Constantinople in 494 AD and legend has it that he was able to copy the gospels in a day because God delayed the sun from setting


More at link... Im not religious at all but still found this kinda cool.    Smile


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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2010, 03:46:34 PM »

What a wonderful discovery!!  Every ancient manuscript that emerges enables us to verify and ensure the accuracy and completeness of the Bible we have today.  One error I spotted - and it's probably just typical press hyperbole - this is certainly not the "oldest Christian book ever descovered."  Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus both predate it by a century, and there are numerous fragmentary manuscripts much older than them . . . the oldest New Testament manuscript in existence is Rylands Papyrus #22, which is a piece about the size of the palm of your hand with 6 verses from John Ch. 18 on it.  It dates to about 125 AD, only 30 years after John's gospel was written.

What they probably meant was the oldest illustrated Christian book, which this one certainly appears to be.  People forget how old Ethiopia's Christian community is.  It claims to have been founded by the Ethiopian eunuch mentioned in the Book of Acts, but most scholars think it was begun in the 4th century by a Christian slave turned missionary named Frumentius.
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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2010, 06:20:21 PM »

I'm amazed at how vibrant the colours still are. You'd think they'd be much more faded than that...wow.
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« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2010, 06:39:07 PM »

Wow, if it's really authentic, that's a very cool discovery.  The colors are beautiful in that picture. 
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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2010, 06:42:12 PM »

What a wonderful discovery!!  Every ancient manuscript that emerges enables us to verify and ensure the accuracy and completeness of the Bible we have today.  One error I spotted - and it's probably just typical press hyperbole - this is certainly not the "oldest Christian book ever descovered."  Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus both predate it by a century, and there are numerous fragmentary manuscripts much older than them . . . the oldest New Testament manuscript in existence is Rylands Papyrus #22, which is a piece about the size of the palm of your hand with 6 verses from John Ch. 18 on it.  It dates to about 125 AD, only 30 years after John's gospel was written.

What they probably meant was the oldest illustrated Christian book, which this one certainly appears to be.  People forget how old Ethiopia's Christian community is.  It claims to have been founded by the Ethiopian eunuch mentioned in the Book of Acts, but most scholars think it was begun in the 4th century by a Christian slave turned missionary named Frumentius.

I almost always learn something new when reading your post.  Smile
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