A really old new-fangled Bible

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I've written a number of posts about the various new ways we come up with presenting the Bible: magazines, coffee table books, websites, and so on. But none of these impress me more than the website for the Codex Sinaiticus, one of the oldest Bible known to man.

The website brings together the surviving pages of the Bible, written in the middle of the fourth century and now held by four different institutions, according to the Telegraph.

Though not terribly useful to laypeople, the website will offer scholars the first chance to study all the pages together. Plus, it's just really cool to think that you are gazing upon the same pages that eyes gazed upon 1,600 years ago.

As I sit in front of a computer in a thoroughly modern city, in the shadow of one of the world's tallest buildings (the Sears--I mean Willis--Tower), the website makes me curious about how different life was then. 

But then I look at the English translation of words I've heard countless times. The same questions we ask today--what do these words tell us about God and our lives?--are the questions people have been asking for millennia. The externals may have changed, but the spiritual quest remains the same.