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Ancient bible manuscript. Source: Cla78 / Adobe Stock.

Mysterious Manuscripts: The Fascinating Story of Ancient Bibles (Video)

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Ancient religious texts have always been a source of fascination and intrigue, offering a glimpse into the beliefs and customs of people from bygone eras. A collection of mysterious and ancient Bibles at the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art, has been the subject of intense interest among scholars and enthusiasts alike. These Bibles, made from animal skin, date back to a pivotal period in the history of Christianity, when the religion was transitioning from an underground cult to a more normative one. The manuscripts have been carefully preserved over the years, and their display provides a unique opportunity to gain insights into the beliefs and practices of early Christians.

Among the most significant discoveries is the freer Logie, a verse that follows the last chapter of the book of Mark, which occurs in no other known gospel in the world. The origins of this verse remain shrouded in mystery, but it has caused quite a stir among scholars. While carbon-14 dating is a possible scientific method to date these manuscripts, the danger of destroying them has made the task more challenging. While scholars continue to debate the origins and significance of this text, its discovery highlights the importance of these ancient manuscripts in helping us understand the evolution of Christianity and its place in the wider world.

Top image: Ancient bible manuscript. Source: Cla78 / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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