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    Secular Media Bias and Codex Sinaiticus

    Digital imagery of Codex Siniaticus is now online! OK, that's great! Amazing, in fact. But what exactly does this mean? Why is this significant?

    First some background. At the site where this codex can be found it states, "One of the core undertakings of the project was to capture each page of Codex Sinaiticus as a high-quality digital image. Each image offers a substitute for the real manuscript leaf. Careful imaging of Codex Sinaiticus therefore provides a life-like view of the pages and allows, for the first time, worldwide access to the manuscript. The digital photography of Codex Sinaiticus had to establish the best practice, taking into account that the leaves could not travel and had to be photographed at four different venues with different equipment; the writing on the leaves had to be readable on the digital images; the natural appearance of the parchment and ink had to be faithfully reproduced."

    If you want to see Codex Sinaiticus, you can do so here.

    This is not a normal subject to discuss, but in the face of media that constantly spurns out factually inaccurate stuff, maybe one article that is just about understandable for most people is worth passing on. I appreciate the work of men like Dr. Dan Wallace because they spend their whole lives researching this kind of material and help us know with a fair degree of certainty, what the Bible actually stated when it was originally penned. I have heard a few of his lectures on the subject and the more I learn, the more my confidence in the actual text of the New Testament grows. The facts are on our side, but you would not know that if you just listened to the secular reports on television or read the newspaper headlines at the grocery store.

    I quote Dr. Wallace below and provide a link should you wish to read more. Thank God for His word, preserved for us, so we can know what it is, believe it, and be saved!!! - John S

    Dan Wallace writes, "One of the most important ancient manuscripts has just gone on-line. The manuscript, Codex Sinaiticus, was penned in Greek in the mid-fourth century and originally contained the whole Bible as well as some writings of the apostolic fathers. The manuscript is currently in four locations: St. Catherine’s Monastery, Mt. Sinai, Egypt; British Library, London; National Library of Russia in St. Petersburg; and Leipzig University, Germany. The British Library has the largest portion (about 350 leaves), Leipzig University has 43 leaves, St. Catherine’s has something like 18 complete or fragmentary leaves, and St. Petersburg has just a few leaves. This week marked the first time that all these leaves could be seen since the manuscript was dissembled 150 years ago... The significance of the manuscript can hardly be overestimated. Some highlights are as follows:

    •Sinaiticus contains the oldest complete New Testament in the world; the next oldest is half a millennium younger.
    •In the opinion of most New Testament scholars, Sinaiticus is one of two or three of the most important manuscripts for establishing the wording of the autographic text of the NT.
    •Like the other fourth-century majuscule manuscript, Codex Vaticanus, Codex Sinaiticus lacks the story of the woman caught in adultery and Mark 16.9–20.

    The manuscript has been in the news of late because of going on-line. Unfortunately, the media tend to get a lot of facts mixed up...." Read more here

    Posted by John Samson on July 12, 2009 09:03 PM

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