Saturday, July 26, 2008

Codex Sinaiticus online!

Codex Sinaiticus has gone online! What is that? It is a copy of the Old and New Testaments from as early as A.D. 350. Having such a copy on the internet for anyone to view and use in Biblical research is immensely important. A codex is a hand-made book. Sinaiticus means it was discovered at the monastery at Mount Sinai in the 1800s.

From the Codex Sinaiticus About page: "Codex Sinaiticus, a manuscript of the Christian Bible written in the middle of the fourth century, contains the earliest complete copy of the Christian New Testament. The hand-written text is in Greek. The New Testament appears in the original vernacular language (koine) and the Old Testament in the version, known as the Septuagint, that was adopted by early Greek-speaking Christians. In the Codex, the text of both the Septuagint and the New Testament has been heavily annotated by a series of early correctors.

The significance of Codex Sinaiticus for the reconstruction of the Christian Bible’s original text, the history of the Bible and the history of Western book-making is immense."