In the Beginning: Bibles Before the Year 1000

The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., in association with the Bodleian Library, will present In the Beginning: Bibles Before the Year 1000.

The exhibit will include "over 70 of the earliest biblical artifacts in existence, including pages and fragments written in Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Arabic, Syriac, Armenian, Ethiopian and Coptic — many on display for the first time in the United States."

Included in the exhibition are:

Highlights of the exhibition include:
"Leaves from three of the six oldest surviving Hebrew codices.
The oldest known manuscripts of the books of Numbers and Deuteronomy.
One of the earliest known manuscripts of the Gospels written in Latin.
The oldest dated parchment biblical codex in the world.
A page from the earliest Bible with full-page illustration."

In the Beginning: Bibles Before the Year 1000 runs from October 21, 2006 until January 7, 2007 and begins with a two-day long symposium with world-famous scholars.