Signs of the Times

Editorial in the Christian Advocate Chicago, Illinois

Without doubt, the most precious book among more than five million in the Library of Congress is the three-volume collection of thick printed pages known as the Gutenberg Bible. It cost some one million five hundred thousand dollars.

The Codex Vaticanus and Codex Sinaiticus, both in fourth-century Greek and oldest existing copies of anything approaching a complete Bible, are priceless. The Latin and Early Syriac versions are only a little less valuable. And now comes the news that the country known as Israel has paid the Syrians two hundred and fifty thousand dollars for the Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered in 1947 near Jericho and said to be the oldest Bible manuscripts. They will be accessible to the public in the Israeli sector of Jerusalem.

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July 9, 1955

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