In 1821, the Bible Society, in Swindon, England was presented with the Codex Zacynthius, a 6th or 7th century Gospel of Luke. Now the Society is offering the Bible for sale, with Cambridge University as its buyer of choice. In order to acquire the manuscript, Cambridge will need to raise UK£1.1m. (photo)
The 176-page manuscript is considered "unique" and "must be in the top 20 of New Testament manuscripts," according to Dr Ben Outhwaite of Cambridge. The Codex Zacynthius is a palimpsest - "a manuscript from which text has been scraped or washed off in order for it to be used again," and is made of treated animal hide.