A chance to learn more about the oldest Latin bible

Sculpture representing Bede and the Great Library, at the University of Sunderland's Sir Tom Cowie Campus.
Sculpture representing Bede and the Great Library, at the University of Sunderland's Sir Tom Cowie Campus.
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Wearsiders have the chance to find out more about the world’s oldest bible.

One of three single volume Bibles made in the North East, the Codex Amiatinus, left for Rome in AD716, and while its creator didn’t survive the journey the great book lived on to be given to the Pope, and still resides in Italy to this day.

Insight into the oldest complete Latin Bible in existence

Sunderland University

In the final instalment of the University of Sunderland’s 2016 Community Lecture Series Matthew Storey, who studied monastic history at the Institute for Medieval Studies at Leeds University, will present an insight into the oldest complete Latin Bible in existence.

Marking 1,300 years since the last journey, Matthew, who previously held roles at Bede’s World Museum in Jarrow, will reveal how the book was for a long time thought to be the work of Italians, and that its North East origin wasn’t discovered until the 19th century.

Wearmouth-Jarrow was established in the 7th century and three copies of the Codex Amiatinus were produced in Latin calligraphy at the monastery. It is also believed scholar Venerable Bede was a key author behind the work.

The last remaining version was rediscovered in the monastery of San Salvatore in Italy before it was moved to its current home, the Laurential Library in Florence.

The talk will be held on Wednesday, August, 24, at 2.30pm at the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s.

Tickets are free and there is no need to book. The University of Sunderland’s Community Lectures are open to all and each lecture is given by authoritative speakers between May and August.

Lectures start at 2.30pm and last about one hour. There is no need to book but those attending are asked to arrive at the Prospect Building between 2pm and 2.30pm to register before the lecture begins.