The manuscript, which was discovered by archaeologists at St Joseph’s Church in Sydney’s east, was originally found in the 19th century, but it is now housed in the University of Sydney’s library.
The manuscript, known as the Bible manuscript, was first discovered by the St Josephs Church in 1840s.
It contains more than 30,000 letters written by Joseph Smith, the Mormon prophet who founded the Mormon church in 1830.
Although the Bible manuscripts have been studied for centuries, it is not known whether they are actually original Hebrew manuscripts, or were copied from other manuscripts.
Some scholars believe they are genuine.
“They are not copied from the Hebrew Bible but from some of the earlier Hebrew manuscripts that were published in Europe, or published in Latin,” said Dr Jennifer Ettridge, who heads the Biblical manuscripts at the University’s Department of Archaeology and Ancient History.
“They contain the Hebrew alphabet, and the script for the Hebrew language and writing.”
We believe that this is an original manuscript.
“Dr Ettridges said the text on the Bible contains the words and pronunciation of the Hebrew script, the first known version of which was published in 1611.
She said the script is a descendant of the Egyptian and Babylonian script.
There is no doubt that the script was originally used by Joseph and Emma Smith to write their own copies of the Book of Mormon, the book of Mormon scriptures that contain the words of God.
But the text was copied from earlier Hebrew script copies that were then published in European countries, she said.”
The script was then used by later Christian missionaries to translate the Bible, but this copy of the manuscript is not a copy of that earlier version,” Dr Ettresses said.
That is a copy that was produced in the 10th century.””
[There is] also a papyrus from Egypt, but that is also from the 15th century,” she said, referring to papyrus recovered from the Egyptian pyramids dating back to the 9th century.
“That is a copy that was produced in the 10th century.”
Professor Eattridge said the manuscript’s story of a missionary family who travelled to Egypt and founded the church in Jerusalem is the most ancient of the ancient Jewish texts.