St Cuthbert’s Bible

Saint Cuthbert's Gospel

Saint Cuthbert's Gospel

St Cuthbert

St Cuthbert

The 7th Century St Cuthbert’s Bible is the oldest European book.

The manuscript, a copy of the Gospel of St John, was produced in the north of England in the late seventh-century and was buried alongside St Cuthbert, an early English Christian leader, on the island of Lindisfarne off the coast of Northumberland around 698AD.

The coffin was moved off the island to escape Viking raiders and taken to Durham, where the book was found when the coffin was opened at the cathedral in 1104.

St Cuthbert’s Bible can be seen at the British Library, but not for much longer. It is on loan from the Jesuits and the Jesuits want it back, but they have given the British Library the option of buying it. Price tag £9 million!

The British Library has launched an appeal to raise the £9 million.

Campaign to buy St Cuthbert’s Bible
The St Cuthbert Gospel
The Price of a Gospel: Saint Cuthbert’s Gospel
Whose Bible is it anyway?

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7 Responses to “St Cuthbert’s Bible”

  1. lainee street Says:

    …would love to see this book… I have been researching Joseph of Arimathea.

  2. keithpp Says:

    When I was in the British Library in February, it was there on display!

  3. keithpp Says:

    St Cuthbert’s Bible saved! British Library has raised £9 million!

    UK library pays $14m for seventh-century Latin Gospel
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/uk-library-pays-14m-for-seventh-century-latin-gospel/story-e6frg6so-1226329928949

    British Library buys St Cuthbert Gospel for £9m
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/apr/17/british-library-buys-gospel

    British Library St. Cuthbert Gospel: Manuscript Copy Of The Gospel Of John Sold for $14.3 Million
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/17/british-library-st-cuthbert-gospel_n_1430254.html

    Europe’s oldest book: St Cuthbert’s gospel which survived pillaging Vikings and lay in his coffin for centuries is sold for £9m
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2130885/Europes-oldest-book-British-Library-raises-9million-buy-ancient-gospel-survived-pillaging-Vikings-lay-saints-coffin-centuries.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

  4. Len Doran Says:

    Such an important piece of history, why is it seen to be handled without gloves?

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