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I perceived in the middle of the great hall a large and wide basket full of old parchments; and the librarian, who was a man of information, told me that two heaps of papers like these, mouldered by time, had been already committed to the flames. On examination, he found 43 sheets of fine vellum with the oldest Greek writing he had ever seen, dating from c. 350 CE and containing 1 Chronicles, some of Esdras, all of Esther, part of Tobit, most of Jeremiah and about half of Lamentations. It was part of the Septuagint*.
Home of the Cairo Geniza* and of the Karaite Synagogue and the Codex Cairo*, whence came its name. Site for the discovery of an Old Syriac* ms. and the place where Charles L. Freer discovered the Washington Codex* and where Martin Bodmer purchased the Bodmer Papyri*. The only complete copy of the Coptic* translation of the Gospel of Thomas*, found at Nag Hammadi*, is in the Coptic Museum at Old Cairo. See also Old Cairo. Cairo Geniza. In 1890, in the course of renovating a geniza* in Cairo, some 200,000 ms.
Had contained all the OT and he did not need three guesses to work out what might have happened to the rest. On a third visit, in 1859, still nothing of consequence emerged until the last afternoon, 4 February, when he gained access to the rest: 199 pages of the OT and all the NT. This is how he describes it: A Dictionary of the English Bible and its Origins Tischendorf and Codex Sinaiticus (continued) I was taking a walk with the steward of the convent in the neighbourhood, and as we returned, towards sunset, he begged me to take some refreshment with him in his cell.