English Edition

Ethiopian Bible is oldest and most complete on earth

Source: ancient-origine.com

June 28, 2016

World’s first illustrated Christian Bible discovered at Ethiopian monastery

The world’s earliest illustrated Christian book has been saved by a British charity which located it at a remote Ethiopian monastery.

The incredible Garima Gospels are named after a monk who arrived in the African country in the fifth century and is said to have copied them out in just one day.

Beautifully illustrated, the colours are still vivid and thanks to the Ethiopian Heritage Fund have been conserved.

Abba Garima arrived from Constantinople in 494 AD and legend has it that he was able to copy the Gospels in a day because God delayed the sun from setting.

A page from the Garima Gospels  the world's oldest Christian book found in a remote monastery in Ethiopia A page from the Garima Gospels the world's oldest Christian book found in a remote monastery in Ethiopia

The incredible relic has been kept ever since in the Garima Monastery near Adwa in the north of the country, which is in the Tigray region at 7,000 feet.

Experts believe it is also the earliest example of book binding still attached to the original pages.

The survival of the Gospels is incredible considering the country has been under Muslim invasion, Italian invasion and a fire in the 1930s destroyed the monastery’s church.

They were written on goat skin in the early Ethiopian language of Ge’ez.

There are two volumes which date from the same time, but the second is written in a different hand from the first. Both contain illustrations and the four Gospels.

Though the texts had been mentioned by the occasional traveller since the 1950s, it had been thought they dated from the 11th century at the earliest.

Carbon dating, however, gives a date between 330 and 650 which tantalisingly overlaps the date Abba Garima arrived in the country.

So the first volume could be in his hand even if he didn’t complete the task in a day as the oral tradition states.

The charity Ethiopian Heritage Fund that was set up to help preserve the treasures in the country has made the stunning discovery.

It was also allowed incredibly rare access to the texts so experts could conserve them on site.

The incredible relic has been kept ever since in the Garima Monastery near Adwa in the north of Ethiopia The incredible relic has been kept ever since in the Garima Monastery near Adwa in the north of Ethiopia

It is now hoped the Gospels will be put in a museum at the monastery where visitors will be able to view them.

Blair Priday from the Ethiopian Heritage Fund said: "Ethiopia has been overlooked as a source of these fantastic things.

"Many of these old Christian relics can only be reached by hiking and climbing to remote monasteries as roads are limited in these mountainous regions.

"All the work on the texts was done in situ and everything is reversible, so if in future they can be taken away for further conservation we won’t have hindered that.

"The pages had been crudely stitched together in a restoration in the 1960s and some of the pages wouldn’t even turn. And they were falling to pieces.

"The Garima Gospels have been kept high and dry which has helped preserve them all these years and they are kept in the dark so the colours look fresh.

"This was the most astounding of all our projects and the Patriarch, the head of the Ethiopian Church, had to give his permission.

"Most of the experts did the work for nothing.

"We are currently undertaking other restoration programmes on wall paintings and religious texts.

"We believe that preserving Ethiopia’s cultural heritage will help to increase visitor revenue and understanding of the extraordinary history of this country."

ancient-origine.com

29 / 06 / 2016

2017-05-20
11:26
renee whitfield:
please send a copy
2017-05-19
12:33
Saddan:
How may I obtain a copy of the Ethiopian Bible?
2017-05-18
17:31
Sariyah Channah Yisrael:
Shalom,Shalom to my brethren, Hebrew yisraelyes. Please let me know how I can get a copy if The Ethiopian Bible in English, I need YAH'S True unadulterated word, so that I can keep His word, HALLELUYAH
2017-05-17
20:01
Denice:
How may i purchase a copy of the Ethiopian illustrated bible
2017-05-15
10:37
Alemneh Yazachew:
This is blessed work, which is expected from anybody so returning to the home.God bless the British's,for returning our and world heritages to the home land. Thank you very much but I would like to say every body to come and visit our holly land Ethiopia a special place to God and know the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Chuch doctrines,belifs,cultures and related issues.

Come and know the true church doctrines, orthodox tewahido of Ethiopia.
2017-05-14
07:22
Ernest Acheampong:
God bless you for this revelations...i really want to have a copy when vailable.
Email: ernest10-a@hotmail.com
2017-05-09
06:38
Elder Desi Harmon Sr :
Send me a copy please to Elder Desi Harmon Sr and HarmonDesi4@Aol.com.
2017-05-09
06:32
William Brooks:
I would really love a copy of these scriptures in English please
2017-05-07
03:30
Chiko:
Hi i would love to have a copy of this bible in english for my faith and those around me.
2017-05-01
09:50
kemakolam Chidiebere:
May the Almighty bless the Ethiopian's for preserving this Holy Scriptures for the world to see. Please I want you to also make it available for the world to read and know the truth because is only the truth can set us free. I desire to have a copy word to word in English. Thanks and God bless you
2017-05-01
07:26
Jerome Higgins:
Greetings,I also would love to have a copy of this Bible!Please contact me when it available.
2017-04-23
02:42
Rosland Adams:
Can I get a copy
2017-04-22
16:10
Isbell Liverpool:
I would love to have a copy in English as well! Is it possible we could get a copy of the original bible?
2017-04-21
02:59
Kidanemariam:
i wanna a copy by english.
2017-04-20
07:18
E.Favors:
Is there an english lanquage version and when and where can this book be secured?
2017-04-20
05:08
Deborah Banks Grant:
When will this be available in English please?
2017-04-19
20:59
Mr Aisea Langi:
Hi I'm after a copy of the oldest bible in English please and how much
2017-04-17
06:14
Ginger Jurasek:
I would love an English copy
2017-04-12
21:12
David Graham:
I would like to get the English version
2017-04-11
21:05
Krystal Sanchez:
I would like a copy in English
2017-04-11
07:36
Roy logan:
I would like a copy in english please
2017-04-07
07:55
Angel Cruz:
Could you send me a copy in spanish, need the word of God in his origin. Thanks

2017-04-06
23:45
Kathryn McCurley:

Are copies available transcribed into English language .
Or where can I find one I have been so consumed with finding
This Bible since just learning about it.

Kathryn McCurley
111 Aspen Drive
Waynesboro, MS. 39367

Email: kathrynmc1988@gmail.com

Please let me know something

Thank you so much
2017-04-06
00:53
Gwen:
If ever an English copy, word for word not taken out of original context could I please get a copy.
2017-04-05
17:20
Dominic K. Jackson:
you are doing a great job. please hope get a copy of the Ethiopia Bible in english. Dominic.
My postal address.
DOMINIC K. JACKSON
P. O. BOX GP 22681.
ACCRA - GHANA
WEST / AFRICA.

TEL: 00233 268285637.

THANKS.
2017-04-04
07:36
Barry Snyder:
I'm always looking for the truth and if it comes in the form of the Bible that was written in the earliest days after Jesus's death I will be absolutely interested in reading more of the truth and the actual account of his travels throughout his life and more questions that I have may be answered very much that I have complete knowledge before I pass on to the next realm.
2017-03-29
06:57
Chris Woolf:
could i please have a copy? chriswoolf@mail.com
2017-03-27
09:38
Barry Snyder:
Please when you decide for the whole thing keep me in mind and send it to my email or write me a letter I my name is Barry Snyder in my address is 2821 Hamilton Avenue Baltimore Maryland 21214 phone number410-501-9574
2017-03-25
18:17
Darla:
I found a new book written in 2016 by Francis Watson, Judith S. McKenzie, can you tell me (if you know) that this new copy of the Garima Gospels is the same word for word?
Blessings
Darla
2017-03-25
17:55
Darla:
Good Day,

How can one get a true copy of this word of GOD? True believers are tired of un-truths.
Thank you kindly
Darla
2017-03-23
00:59
Edwauna Lowe:
I would like to get a copy of this in English,how would I be able to do this.
2017-03-22
15:16
Ellwood Davis:
I've got to have a copy of this Bible! Please let me know how I can get it in English at ellwood.davis@gmail.com.
2017-03-21
18:58
Craig Woods:
I would like to buy a copy for myself
2017-03-19
01:47
dottiehayes19@gmail.com :
What is the cost of a copy?
2017-03-16
09:58
Joshua:
interested in a copy
let me know how
thank you
jg9116@gmail.com
2017-03-15
01:11
Katrina Lowry :
How can one obtain an English copy of the Ethiopian Bible?
2017-03-14
18:38
Hans Gerlach:
Dear Author,

Was it an incident that you found this precious text OR how were you informed that you could find it there?

2017-03-14
16:26
Archie :
Would it be possible to have transcripts of this book sent to us? There is so much that we need to have answers to and so many new day versions of the bible that it is hard to determine which issue is correct.
Thanking you in advance for your graciousness to the world for reveling this work.

A Thousand Blessings
2017-03-11
13:05
Hizbalem Hailu:
Itcs good to hear this. can i have the copy please?
Thank you!
2017-03-09
15:54
John Dupree:
I would also like to have an English version of this bible. I feel that the bible's I have read are not what God intended for us..
307 Sherman st Jennings, LA 70546
2017-03-07
17:52
Portia Jones:
I'm a truth seeker. Words can not express how this Ethiopian Bible would help in my life and my grand children lives. Is it possible to get a copy or read the pages? Sincerely;
2017-03-07
08:48
Roberto Recinos:
Please how can I purchase of this bible in English or/andSpanish?
Adcominc@me.com
2017-03-05
19:45
Evita:
I would like to have an English copy of this rare Bible with the missing books?
2017-02-28
17:32
Geraldine:
Pls how can I get the English version of Ethiopian Bible.thnks.
2017-02-26
07:30
Donald Magee:
I would like to know how I can obtain a copy in English? Thanks
2017-02-23
11:13
tenanew:
send me a copy please
we orthodox must know about the word of god
b/c the word of god is our life
god create the world by his word and end world by his holy word
2017-02-22
03:08
Scotty:
I would love to have a copy of this. Please send one to me.

Sincerely
2017-02-20
01:35
R T norr:
Is this Bible written in English text. How can a person get a copy.
And if so what is the cost of one.
2017-02-17
11:37
whitney briley:
How can I get a copy ? 1200 Nth 4th st #21
Longview TX 75601
2017-02-14
08:36
Brian Matherson:
Can I please have a copy
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2017-02-12
02:56
DANNY MABOTE:
Hi can i get english copy of those discovered gospel
Aps MD Mabote email;dannymabte@gmail.com GOD BLESS
2017-02-08
00:18
makailla:
need copy in english please if possible.
2017-02-06
23:39
Fanos Mebrato:
but our ethiopian history not only this ,what about our great bible ,that plays a great role for the current wold technology especially for study of space, madecine,fetue ambition etc.
2017-02-06
12:47
Beth Ann Davis:
Hello,
This is an amazing discovery. How do I go about getting a copy of all of the pages from that Hebrew bible,?
How much money would I need for you to be able to adommodate this request?
Do I need a special form to fill out?
Lastly is your bible written in what language, Hebrew?, Arabic, any other language?
Thank you for reading my request. If possible I would like an English translation written on one wide to coordinate with the other languages.

Thank you for consideration
Sincerely Matthew and Beth Davis
13349 Queen Palm RUN
North Fort Myers, FL; 33903
USA
2017-02-06
07:24
Stephanie Macsurak Veenendaal:
Thank you & Bless
Is it possible to obtain a copy of this Ethiopian Bible in English?
1 951-378-6560, shbelove@aol.com, 912 HalfMoon Ct., Banning, CA 92220 USA
2017-02-06
00:03
Sonia:
I would too love to get a translated copy word for word of this Holy relic if I may. My email is saunlynn671@gmail .com
2017-02-03
19:35
Berto:
I would love to get the full copy of the English bible.. please and thank you.. How above all men..
2017-01-31
16:53
Alex Sapuwa:
I want a copy in English language please on e-mail sapuwaalex@gmail.com
2017-01-30
23:26
Makda Woldekiros:
I would like a copy in English or Amharic. God bless you. My email is Makda.woldekiros22@gmail.com
2017-01-29
21:13
Daniel :
Hi i am interested to have Ethiopia bible Amharic bible .can you gays send me one. God blessed you!!
2017-01-29
19:50
Sandro Bucad:
hello can I have the english version of ethiopian bible? thanks!sandrobucad28@gmail.com
2017-01-27
06:04
Fee:
Hi I would love a copy of this in English. Email is fee526@comcast.net
Thank you
2017-01-22
23:34
markos:
I am an Ethiopian. please be careful in translating. Ethiopian fathers had been so careful in handling those. They always prayed before doing anything with the bible. You can learn more about this from the Geez and amharic books of the story of monks.
Any ways thank you for introducing our bible to the world.
2017-01-22
02:19
Emmanuel :
Good to be translated and made available for purchase.
2017-01-17
10:01
grace tan:
can i have a english version? thank u so much
ms.gracesl@outlook.com
2017-01-15
19:35
David Graham:
Can I get a copy in English?
Please.
Thank you.
David Graham.
407.508.2675
2017-01-12
20:20
David Graham:
I am seeking an English version of this Bible. Can anyone share with me please.
Thanks.
David Graham
407.508.2675
2017-01-11
09:12
Patricia Meehan:
Hi. Could I have a copy in English? Thank You
2017-01-10
15:33
Editor:
For readers' information: This news article originally appeared on the source shown: http://www.ancient-origine.com/ethiopian-bible-oldest-complete-bible-earth/. Therefore, OrthoChristian.com does not have access to this bible, and we do not know how one might obtain a copy of it.
2017-01-09
22:24
Selby :
Can I have it in English. Or send it through Email the verse that are not in KJV to Dlokwakhe_Nkosi1@mobileemail.vodafonesa.co.za
2017-01-08
18:43
Theodore Johnson:
How awesome is our GOD..as a student of the word of GOD,I would love to have a copy in its original tongue and in english.GOD bless this ministry..sincerely Theodore A.Johnson
2017-01-05
03:19
Shenita Spearman:
I want a copy in English language please.
2017-01-04
07:44
Carel:
Hi Robert.
I would like a translated copy of this Book please.
2017-01-02
14:04
Alicia :
I need a English copy of this bible to study my email is aliciawaters12@yahoo.com
2017-01-02
11:26
Hubert Bullard :
How can i receive a English version i would love to have one
2017-01-01
17:44
Charles L Wilcox, 2nd:
330-650A.D.? Oldest?

The 2 Aramaic codex used to compile the AENT bible date to the 2nd century (126A.D. /-) so I think the boat for oldest goes to those.

Still would love the Ethiopian in English.
2016-12-31
17:32
Yaounde Ross:
I would like a copy in English.
2016-12-29
01:06
Rona:
I'd like to read a copy or have a copy also.
Thank you for sharing.
2016-12-22
16:12
Rudlin:
Would love to read an English copy....as the Truth has for so long been hidden...
2016-12-15
15:49
Shenita Spearman:
Can I have one in English
2016-12-15
15:47
Shenita Spearman:
I would like to have one. The first bible written.
2016-12-12
15:57
Awet:
Ethiopia Is A land Of Christian!!!! The Only and The True Religion In The World Is Orthodox Christian.Wake Up Wake Up People Others Religions are bad and crate by man.Our Church(Ethiopia) Orthodox and Other Orthodox Countries believes By God.But Others Religions believe by man.Our Bible Is A True and Complete.Others Religions are Fake.....
2016-12-11
06:35
Audie:
I would like to red the true word without the interferrence of man in the mix. I believe man has corrupted Gods word in the name of greed and power. We've been deceived.
2016-12-09
00:32
julie gilbert:
I want a copy in English
2016-12-05
15:19
George:
I would like a English copy
2016-11-30
15:44
la la:
Please provide me with a copy. Lwashington00@hotmail.com I can pay as well.
2016-11-26
08:42
ROBERT WINTER:
TO:James:
I have a word to word translated copy of this holy book. Anyone wants to read i will be glad to share my copy with you

I WOULD APPRECIATE YOU SHARING WHAT YOU HAVE! MY EMAIL IS
WINTERGROUP@HOTMAIL.COM

OR IF THERE IS ANYONE ELSE WHO HAVE ANY OF THIS IN ENGLISH PLEASE SHARE
THANK YOU AND GOD'S BLESSINGS BE UPON YOU!
2016-11-19
17:31
SANDRA MILES:
how can i get a copy of this bible and how much is it?
2016-11-17
10:50
Dickson.:
Hello there, have been searching for the oldest christian book which i believe will be with full words without modification. I will like to know if i can get a copy in English. wait to read from you soon. If you also have whatsApp or Viber or Skype, kind send to me through my email stated below for better communication. Thanks and God bless.
2016-11-16
05:14
Christy Buford:
Where can I get a copy in English?
2016-10-22
21:31
Anthony D'Auria:
Will there ever be a English translation of The Ethiopian Bible ?
2016-10-19
07:59
KingLeo:
Ethiopia now stands at risk of creating more regrettable history. No white man's intervention that has appeared to be for good intentions has ever favoured a black (African) community on the long run..Now I fear for their culture, traditions, heritage, history, and land. Recall that the aim has been to keep people too distracted with life from finding the truth & keep accepting false knowledge on a universal scale..
I hope the Ethiopian community does not get seduced with whatever propositions that is being offered..if it's regarding replication, I suggest they take pictures, create a website and post for the public..afterall it will save them travel cost..(This is not a Racist statement..simply fact.)
2016-10-19
03:28
Bilaal Sheffield:
Please let me know if these is a copy available in English and where to get it.
2016-10-16
15:39
Michell:
I would like a English copy
2016-10-12
03:42
corinthas:
Is there available a complete copy of the bible translated in english?
2016-10-11
00:53
A child of god:
Allow for the world to read the truth why do all my brothers and sisters want a piece of the bible you are tairing the clothes off from gods body.
2016-09-28
05:39
Triston thompson:
Hey I'm a big fan of seeking true bible scripture an looking to get the most accurate bible there is to get. Please contact me if u guys are selling or give away any copy. Yahweh bless u in is mighty name be bless in love always
2016-09-26
06:51
Theresa K:
Please contact me. I want a copy in English. My email is Hunza10nil@gmail.com. thank you from Theresa
2016-09-04
21:55
Richard N Woke :
Am pleased knowing that the complete Holy Bible is out there. Please I will like to get the ripped part. Those parts which is not contained in the Bible. Will be most grateful if I am cleared on this. Thanks, best regards
2016-08-30
03:05
James:
I have a word to word translated copy of this holy book. Anyone wants to read i will be glad to share my copy with you.
2016-08-25
09:52
charlton carrender:
This amazing book of Yahwehs word was meant to be found in this time. It must contain The Book of Enoch, Yasher and other scripture kept from us for so long. The first sentence of Enoch states that the book was for those during the time of Tribulation.
praise Yahweh and his Precious Son Yeshua!!!
2016-08-20
15:52
Russell L Jackson:
How do I get a copy in English
2016-07-24
00:29
ROBERT L WALKER:
Given the fact that this is said to be the "Oldest Bible". it must be the one GOD intended for us to read. the question is why are we not? I personally look forward to that day.
2016-07-16
22:09
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2016-07-04
22:34
Sidney:
Hopefully if given a chance to read and see the differences from the New Bible. I am excited to get more insight on this Old Bible. Amen to rediscovery!
2016-07-04
06:04
Carla Edelman:
I can't wait for this to be translated and published! What a find for scholars.
2016-07-04
00:50
Hermann Heraux:
The coming to light of this fabulous relic is a self-fulfilling prophecy, given that it must also contain the Book of Revelation where it says that at the end of time the Truth will become brighter and clearer... We Christians should demand that it be translated into modern languages for the edification of those among us who want to go deeper in The Word...while preserving it for future generation. I am almost certain that we posses the technology to do so without hurting this relic. Who would be in charge of this holy endeavor?
2016-07-03
06:33
chuck:
makes sense being the original jews that fled to Ethiopia after Alexander The Great stormed through.
2016-07-02
13:46
Muluken Belayneh:
Thank God for blessing Ethiopia to share such real history for the world.
2016-07-02
05:14
George:
Where can I get a copy in English.?
2016-06-30
16:43
Lia Michael:
How unbelievably real this is. Thank God for allowing us to see something that is real history for us Christians. Hopefully one day I will have the opportunity to go to Ethiopia to see the Bible.
2016-06-30
05:40
Fern Anderson:
I wish it would be translated so we all could read them the way they were written then!! Do the words compare with the King James?
2016-06-29
21:04
George Ellis Mims:
Phenomenal. Would be SO wonderful if the entire book could be reproduced (not for money so much but inspiration and edification of all whom seek God and a closer walk with Him.)
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