A single scribe wrote out the passages by hand in the 12th-century, with the pages then later gorgeously illustrated with gold leaf and lapis lazuli.
Andrew Honey, a book conservator at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, spent five years restoring the manuscript to its former glory and said it was the biggest job he’d ever had.
“You don’t get grander than this,” he told the Guardian.
Commissioned by Henry of Blois, the Abbot of Glastonbury Abbey, the Winchester Bible is described as one of the most beautiful illustrated manuscripts in England.
Ms Ogle added: “We’d love not to ask for an entrance fee, but the costs are enormous.”
Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation will open next week at Winchester Cathedral, offering the chance to view the precious bible.
“It has been a place of Christian worship for almost 1,500 years, and is still a place of welcome, worship and hospitality,” said Ogle.
Meanwhile, experts believe that they have uncovered a code within the Bible which reveals a shocking prophecy.
And scholars claim to have found the legendary Ark of the Covenant in Africa.
A Christian professor has also revealed he believes Mount Sinai, where God is said to have given Moses the Ten Commandments, is in Saudi Arabia.
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