Turn the (digital) pages of the Codex Sinaiticus (and say thank you to the British Library).

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  • fulltimestudent

    Many surviving documents are now digitised. The Israeli Museum has digitised copies of the Qumran scrolls and the British Library have provided a web-site where you can have a simulated experience of what you would see as you turned the pages of the Codex Sinaiticus.


  • fulltimestudent

    Are there difference between the Codex Sinaiticus and other manuscripts?

    This entry in Wikipedia has a list of omitted phrases and verses, interpolations and significant variations:

    It should be helpful for interested readers, but always try to investigate the difference.


  • fulltimestudent

    The Orthodox church maintains a web-page for the monastery where the codex was found:

    The Holy Monastery of the God-trodden Mount Sinai, Saint Catherine’s Monastery

    That church claims that this is the precise spot where god God spoke to Moses in the fable known as the 'burning-bush' incident. Hence the term 'god-trodden,'

    St Catherine's monastery

    The monastery was built at the command of Emperor Justinian I (527-565 CE) an early Christian Emperor. Some claim it to be the oldest monastery still in use.

    Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Catherine%27s_Monastery

    For the curious, there are many things of interest if you have the wherewithal to make this visit. There are other biblical manuscripts and religious icons ...

    including this one, known as 'The 12th century Ladder of Divine Ascent " showing monks, led by John Climacus, ascending the ladder to Jesus, at the top right.

    Seems to me that it was a type of my life as a Christian. you can see me (the antitype) falling off as I neared Jesus in the top right of the ladder.

    Another interesting document is the

    Quote" The Achtiname of Muhammad, also known as the Covenant or (Holy) Testament (Testamentum) of the Prophet Muhammad, is a document or ahdname which is a charter or writ ratified by the Islamic Prophet Muhammad granting protection and other privileges to the Christian monks of Saint Catherine's Monastery. It is sealed with an imprint representing Muhammad's hand."

    A tradition is maintained that (quote)

    " Muhammad frequented the monastery and had great relationships and discussions with the Sinai fathers.[3] The document claims that the Prophet (570–632) had personally granted by charter in the second year of the Hegira, corresponding to AD 626, the rights and privileges to all Christians "far and near". It consists of several clauses on such topics as the protection of Christians living under Islamic rule as well as pilgrims on their way to monasteries, freedom of worship and movement, freedom to appoint their own judges and to own and maintain their property, exemption from military service and taxes, and the right to protection in war." Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashtiname_of_Muhammad
  • Magnum
    Cool!!! Thanks a whole bunch!
  • Crazyguy
    Cool thanks I'll check it out, one thing I noticed was Isaiah 9:6 is totally different in the Greek Septuagint.

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