Wednesday, September 2, 2009
New Fragment of Sinaiticus Discovered
Deidre Good posts on a report from the Guardian of a new Sinaiticus fragment found as part of the cartonnage, or binding, of another book. This reuse of old writing materials to form the binding of new books was common in antiquity (check out the bindings to the Nag Hammadi Codices, for example). With our current technology, we can view the piece without destroying the underlying papyrus it protects as cartonnage, although St. Catherine's does not quite have that technology yet. The fragment, by the way, is of Josh. 1:10.