Scientists have discovered the oldest illustrated Bible in the world. It is 800 years older than King James, and it has over 80 books in it, compared to the 66. The story is amazing!
This book was discovered in one of the ancient Ethiopian monasteries. In the book of Acts 8:27 we read of the encounter of Philip with the man from Ethiopia, who received Jesus. He went back to his country and preached the Gospel there. Thus Ethiopia was one of the first countries in Africa, where people received the truth about Jesus and Salvation.
So, it’s no wonder that the oldest Bible was discovered there. They call the find the Garima Gospels (named after the man, who copied the book). He was a monk named Garima, and the legend tells us he copied all the Gospels in just one day.
The man came to Ethiopia in 494 AD from Constantinople. This book has become the most ancient among all with the pages still attached to the original binder. This Bible has survived the Muslim invasion of the country as well as an Italian one, too.
Scientific testing showed the book was written 350-650 AD. Most likely the writing was done by Garima, even if he did not finish it in one day.
The ancient Scriptures would be stored at Ethiopian Heritage Fund. Hopefully, later on, they will exhibit the Bible at the monastery, where it was found and stored for so many centuries.
Here is what they say:
“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. 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 colors look fresh.”
This unusual found proves that the Word of God is true, and it remains the same in the last days, as it was in the first days!