Oldest Known Copy Of The “Ten Commandments” Goes Digital

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The Cambridge University Library, in the UK, showcases, a two million years old copy of the “Ten Commandments”. This may well be, one of the oldest known hard copy of the Old Testament.

Nash Papyrus Hebrew Manuscripts

The University Librarian, Anne Jarvis stated that “Cambridge University Library preserves works of great importance to faith traditions and communities around the world.” Referring to their characteristics, she added, “because of their age and delicacy these manuscripts are seldom able to be viewed – and when they are displayed, we can only show one or two pages. Now, through the generosity of the Polonsky Foundation, anyone with a connection to the Internet can select a work of interest, turn to any page of the manuscript, and explore it in extraordinary detail.”

Dr. Leonard Polonsky, of the Polonsky Foundation relished the articles, saying, “I am delighted to see such important materials being made freely available to the world, and I look forward to the many other exciting collections the Library is preparing.”

The Polonsky Foundation gifted the complicated technical infrastructure, to the Cambridge University Library, to digitize the papyrus manuscripts. The Nash Papyrus will be accessible, online; as a part of the Cambridge University digital project. The papyrus, which contains the Ten Commandments, was the oldest recognized Hebrew script, before the finding of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947.

“Now… anyone with a connection to the Internet can select a work of interest, turn to any page of the manuscript, and explore it in extraordinary detail,” Jarvis added.