4 Surviving Oldest Books In The World

Books have always played a major role in our lives giving us knowledge about many things thus shaping up our characters. Literature is thought to have been developed as soon as writing become a thing but the fact is we are not sure. So, here are few of the well-known, surviving oldest books in the world.

CELTIC PSALTER

The Psalter is described as Scotland’s version of the famous Book of Kells in Dublin. The origin of the book is a mystery but experts believe it was probably produced monks in Iona. This pocket sized book is housed at the University of Edinburgh, where it went on public display in 2009.

DIAMOND SUTRA

It is a Buddhist Sutra, is one of the most influential Buddhist sutras in East Asia. Moreover, it is a key object of devotion and study in Zen Buddhism. This book is considered to be the oldest surviving dated printed book in the world. Among the manuscripts found in the cave of Dunhuang; a copy of Chinese version of the text was also found . It was printed from wooden blocks onto a scroll over 5 metres (16.4 ft.) long.

SIDDUR, JEWISH PRAYER BOOK

This prayer book is written in Hebrew, contains about 50 pages and is still in its original binding. Scholars working for the Green Collections – world’s largest collection of rare biblical artifacts discovered it in the year 2013. Thus, Siddur is ultimately a part of Green Collection Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C.

THE BOOK OF KELLS

The Book of Kells a fantastic, illustrated manuscript is Ireland’s one of the greatest treasures. The book mainly contains four gospels; created by Celtic monks around 800 AD. Three different scribes and four artists have been identified in creating the book. Since 1953, it is bound in four volume; two if them are on display at Trinity College in Dublin. One volume shows an illumination and the other volume shows the script.

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