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Corrections on Quire 36, folio 4 recto
Corrections on Quire 36, folio 4 recto.

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Codex Sinaiticus Conference

British Library Conference Centre, 6-7 July 2009

Codex Sinaiticus is one of the world's outstanding manuscripts. Together with Codex Vaticanus, it is one of the earliest extant Bibles, containing the oldest complete New Testament. This treasured codex is indispensable for understanding the earliest text of the Greek Bible, the transmission of its text, the establishment of the Christian canon, and the history of the book. Over 400 leaves survive and are held across four institutions: the British Library, Leipzig University Library, St Catherine's Monastery and the National Library of Russia in St Petersburg.

To celebrate the virtual re-unification of all extant leaves of Codex Sinaiticus, on 6-7 July 2009, the British Library is hosting an academic conference on topics relating to Codex Sinaiticus. A number of leading experts have been approached to give presentations on the history, text, conservation, paleography and codicology, among other topics, of Codex Sinaiticus. Selected conference papers will be edited and published as a collection of articles.


Keynote speakers

Eldon Jay Epp
Harkness Professor of Biblical Literature, emeritus
Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, emeritus, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
Visiting Professor of New Testament, Harvard Divinity School

Other speakers

Daniel Batovici – Christfried Böttrich – Cameron Boyd-Taylor – Christopher Clarkson – Archbishop Damianos – Kristin de Troyer – William Frame – Nicholas Fyssas – Harry Y. Gamble – Juan Garcés – Peter Head – Juan Hernández – Rachel Kevern – Jan Krans – Ekaterina Krushelnitskaya – Dirk Jongkind – Father Justin – René Larsen – Amy Myshrall – Panayotes Nikolopoulos – David Parker – Albert Pietersma – Peter Robinson – Ulrich Schmid – Ulrich Johannes Schneider – Helen Shenton – Emanuel Tov – David Trobisch – J. Verheyden – Klaus Wachtel – Steve Walton.

Download the draft programme.


To register, please send a completed registration form and a cheque in pounds sterling (made payable to The British Library) to Gareth Burfoot, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB.

Registration fees

Standard: £75

Students: £40

Coffee and tea, two sandwich lunches, and a drinks reception on Monday evening will be provided.

For further information about the conference, please contact the Project Manager, Juan Garcés, via email ( or phone (+44 (0)20 7412 7516).