Mt Sinai Arabic Codex 151

codex 151

The Mt. Sinai Arabic Codex 151 is indeed a most exciting discovery.
It appears to be the oldest Arabic translation of the Bible in existence which was done in 867 AD. It is certainly the oldest Arabic translation with commentary supplied by the translator. It includes the Biblical text, marginal comments, lectionary notes, and glosses, as found in the manuscript. It was discovered at St. Catherine's monastery in Mt. Sinai in the 1800's.

This ancient and important Arabic manuscript is published in one volume by the Institute For Middle Eastern New Testament Studies, edited by Dr. Harvey Staal. The volume is a presentation of the manuscript, preserving all the marginal notes and its intrinsic value as much as possible. Dr. Harvey Staal, a missionary of the Reformed Church in America, labored for years on the transcription and publication of this Arabic manuscript. This discovery is a thrilling discovery for Middle Eastern Christians, because it demonstrates that more than a 1100 years ago, an Arabic Christian translated God's precious word into our Arabic language, complete with notes and comments!

Dr. Staal passed away February 1999. Only a few copies remain from first printing and these are handled by the Bible Society in Beirut, Lebanon. The email address is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The more requests they get regarding availability, the more they will realize the need for a second printing. Please email them and kindly petition for the re-print of this valuable volume.


+1 #7 Abd El-Massih 2017-02-10 02:56
Edward -
Codex 151 has the word Yassoua not Isa which confirms that Arab Christians prior to the dawn of Islam used the same name as the Bible. Yashua

Dave Ray - yes it is true that the Codex 151 has a the Bismalla on the start of each book of the NT. We were amazed that traditional Arab Christians were using it even before the dawn of Islam. Many believe that it refers to "Trinity" - Islam simply borrowed it from them
0 #6 Edward Chau 2017-02-03 08:22
I would like to ask the name of Jesus in Codex 151 is Yesua or Isa. Thank you.
0 #5 Dave Ray 2016-08-26 10:36
Hi, Brothers,

Can you confirm for me what a colleague told me that the Codex 151 actually has the bismillah written on it? Is that true or false? I'm curious. Thanks!

Dave Ray
+3 #4 Abd El-Massih 2015-03-09 15:01
The title is the same
Mt.. Sinai Arabic Codex 151 (English Text). We do not have any copies of the English book.
-1 #3 Mert Hershberger 2015-03-09 03:15
What is the English Title? I'd like to see if a copy is @ the University of Michigan. Thx. Please email me.

+2 #2 Samy 2014-05-12 10:38
The book is not available since it is out of print.
+4 #1 Samuel S aid 2014-05-07 01:03
Is it possible to obtain a copy of the Mt Sinai Arabic Codex 151 bible in Arabic.
I would love to buy some copies

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