Rare Bible could be on its way to Jarrow

EURO LINK ... Professor Manuela Vestri at Bedes World, and, below, the Codex Amiatinus.

EURO LINK ... Professor Manuela Vestri at Bedes World, and, below, the Codex Amiatinus.

THE Codex connection has been made by a South Tyneside museum as part of an ambitious cultural exchange project.

Professor Manuela Vestri visited Bede’s World, in Church Bank, Jarrow, to highlight the importance of the Codex Amiatinus, a famous Bible from the time of the Venerable Bede.

A copy of the famous book is kept in Professor Vestri’s home in Italy, and it is hoped it could be brought to Bede’s World later this year as part of the cultural exchange.

The Codex Amiatinus is the earliest surviving manuscript of the nearly complete Bible in the Latin Vulgate version.

Dating from the early 8th century, the original book was produced in Northumbria around the time of Bede and is now kept in the Laurentian Library in Florence.

Mike Benson, director of Bede’s World, said: “Professor Vestri was here co-ordinating a pan-European project called Euromine.

“Councillors Alan Kerr, Fay Cunningham and myself visited her home town to sign a friendship document.

“As part of the project, we are looking to bring her town’s copy of the Codex back to Jarrow later in the year, as part of a cultural exchange.

“It has been a joy working alongside Manuela, and we are looking forward to the years ahead, as the partnership we are building continues to grow.”

Professor Vestri said: “It has been a great experience. The whole area is fantastic, especially the mining heritage.

“It is centrally located, to allow visits to other places and there is a great link between Jarrow and Abbadia San Salvatore Monte Amiata, with the Codex Amiatinus.

“I feel that my roots are here.”

Professor Vestri was given a tour of Bede’s World, accompanied by Professor Rosemary Cramp, who carried out pioneering excavations of the Wearmouth-Jarrow monastery.

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