Fragment of Codex Sinaiticus discovered

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The Art Newspaper has reported the discovery of a previously unknown fragment of the world's oldest Bible. A scrap of the Codex Sinaiticus has been found by Nikolas Sarris, a conservator currently undertaking his doctorate at Camberwell College, part of the University of the Arts in London.

Written in Greek, the 1600 year old Codex Sinaiticus was discovered in 1844 at St Catherine's Monastery in Sinai, Egypt. It was shortly afterwards split between institutions in Egypt, Russia, Germany and Britain.

The fragment, from the book of Joshua, has been reused as a lining in the cover of an 18th century binding. It is the only part of the Codex to remain at the monastery.