The history of the Bible, animated

Time travel in this animation through the history of the Bible. Made with clay, wire, and recycled paper, the characters come to life in frame-by-frame motion.

The history of the Bible, animated

Time travel in this animation through the history of the Bible. Made with clay, wire, and recycled paper, the characters come to life in frame-by-frame motion.

A version of this story appears in the December 2018 issue of National Geographic magazine.

From scrolls to codices to the books we know today, the Bible has taken different shapes and has been written with different techniques.

The Dead Sea Scrolls are the oldest biblical texts ever found. The discovery gave us important clues about the everyday lives of the people who recorded these stories more than 2,000 years ago.

Today, the search for more treasures continues. Are there additional manuscripts that might shed more light on the earliest versions of the Bible’s stories?