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What is The Vaticanus Bible?

... and why should I use it for my Bible reading?

One of earliest NT manuscripts

The Vaticanus Bible is a pseudo-facsimile of Codex Vaticanus, which is one of the earliest (4th c.) manuscripts of the New Testament. 

Chapter and verse references

You can now easily navigate and find your place in this early manuscript with the aid of clear chapter and verse references in the margin of each page.


Handheld 5"x8" size

Unlike most (pseudo-)facsimiles of ancient manuscripts, The Vaticanus Bible has separated out one column per page to make it easily portable.

Audio in Koine pronunciation

Listen to the text of The Vaticanus Bible: Gospels being read in a historical Koine Greek pronunciation on

Read the New Testament like the ancients

You get to travel back in time through the centuries and experience your Bible reading like an ancient reader would have. You get to recreate the reading experience of the early Christians.


A handheld pseudo-facsimile of Codex Vaticanus ...

Many of us learn Greek because we want the experience of reading the New Testament in its original ancient language. The Vaticanus Bible allows us to go one step further by offering us the experience of reading the Greek New Testament in one of its original ancient forms just like the ancients did.


You can carry around this ancient experience in a portable 5"x8" book with chapter/verse references.

The Vaticanus Bible constitutes a modified/adapted edition of the New Testament portion of the New Testament volume of the pseudo-facsimile of Codex Vaticanus entitled Bibliorum Sacrorum: Graecus Codex Vaticanus: Novum Testamentum: Tomus V edited by Carlo Vercellone and Giuseppe Cozza-Luzi originally published in 1868 at Rome by Congregatio de Propaganda de fide. Special thanks to the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts, who generously granted permission to use their images of the pseudo-facsimile. It should also be noted that, as a result of this process, the text is digitally printed from the images rather than typeset.

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Navigate easily with chapter/verse references in margin

One of the biggest challenges in reading ancient manuscripts is finding the particular passage that you want to read. In The Vaticanus Bible, chapter and verse references are added in the margin on every page to make this easy.

Portable enough to carry around with you

Each page of Codex Vaticanus is 10.6" x 10.6" and contains three columns. In The Vaticanus Bible, each of these columns has been separated so that one column fits nicely on one page in a portable-sized 5"x8" book.

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Actual-size columns makes comparing the original easy

Though the original three-column page has been split into three pages in The Vaticanus Bible, the size of the columns still approximates that of the original. To make consulting online digital images of the original easier, page numbers in The Vaticanus Bible correspond with those of the original.

Listen to audio of the text as it sounded in ancient times

You can listen to the text of Codex Vaticanus being read in a Koine pronunciation as you are reading from The Vaticanus Bible. In this way, you can round out your experience of reading the text as it would have been written in ancient times by hearing the text as it sounded in ancient times.


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If does not ship to your location, note that you can also order The Vaticanus Bible from a variety of book distributors worldwide, such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Book Depository, and others.

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