Georgian bible discovered in Dagestan
04 April, 2019
Georgian bible discovered in Dagestan
Bible written in Georgian was discovered in Dagestan. Specialists of historic, archeological and ethnological institute found it when making digitalized versions of other historic documents. The bible is written in old Georgian Asomtavruli script and dates back to the 6th century.

Specialists left without attention a place where the bible was rested. In fact, it was lying under the document written by the Arab scholars that date back to the 11th century. As specialists explain, it was very hard if not
impossible to see, that under the Arabian language documents were other materials.

An employee says that they date document based on paper and writing type. “While studying Georgian document I found out, that material for paper was different and did not look similar to those I have been working on for the last 20 years”, says Shamil Shikhaliev, specialist who found the bible.

Georgian bible is the oldest one among those that were discovered in Dagestan. Hand written bible will be rested with other Georgian language documents in Dagestan. Digitalized version of the newly discovered bible is already prepared and will soon be available for audience.

Types of the Georgian scripts


Georgian scripts are among the only 14 existing scripts worldwide.

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Three types of the Georgian script - Mkhedruli (Public), Asomtavruli and Nuskhuri


Georgian scripts include three writing systems used to write the Georgian language: Asomtavruli, Nuskhuri and Mkhedruli. Although the systems differ in appearance, all three are written in the lower case (in other words no Capital letters are used), their letters share the same names and alphabetical order, and are written horizontally from left to right.

Mkhedruli is now the standard script of modern Georgian. The Georgian alphabet was announced as one of the world’s most beautiful scripts by www.matadornetwork.com (a collection of millions of travelers across the globe with an unquenchable thirst for adventure and exploration).

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