Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Bible Manuscript Online

This is a great use of the internet:

Codex Sinaiticus

Codex Sinaiticus is one of the most important books in the world. Handwritten well over 1600 years ago, the manuscript contains the Christian Bible in Greek, including the oldest complete copy of the New Testament. Its heavily corrected text is of outstanding importance for the history of the Bible and the manuscript – the oldest substantial book to survive Antiquity – is of supreme importance for the history of the book. [Find out more about Codex Sinaiticus.]

The Codex Sinaiticus Project

The Codex Sinaiticus Project is an international collaboration to reunite the entire manuscript in digital form and make it accessible to a global audience for the first time. Drawing on the expertise of leading scholars, conservators and curators, the Project gives everyone the opportunity to connect directly with this famous manuscript. [Find out more about the Codex Sinaiticus Project.]


tour86rocker said...

An old awakening friend of mine posted a CNN article on this which claims that the C.S. lacks some vital passages found in the canonical Bible of today, all but suggesting that early Christians didn't believe in Christ's divinity. http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/07/06/ancient.bible.online/index.html

Is there a reason that we should believe that the oldest known copy of the Bible is the most faithful rendition? Let me give a bad example: what if 1500 years from now, the only existing copy of the Bible was a copy of "The Message" (a butchery, not a translation)?

Even in its time, the C.S. might not have been representative.

tour86rocker said...

I just wanted to add a good article on the C.S. It makes a good point that the C.S. is the oldest remaining collection of Scripture that was originally under one binding, but is not the oldest sample of sacred scripture that we hold today.

This article also fills in the good detail that the resurrection is still referenced in places despite its absence from Mark.