Codex Sinaiticus

July 24, 2008 at 10:31 am | Posted in Teaching | 1 Comment

It’s possible that you have heard that the Codex Sinaiticus is being made available online for the very first time. It’s also possible that you have no idea what that means.

Basically, this is a hand-written copy of the Bible in Greek dating back to the middle of the fourth century (around A.D. 350). Now think about that – a hand-written copy of the Bible that is nearly 1700 years old! That means that this copy was made only about 250-300 years after the NT was originally written. That’s pretty new compared to the fact that most of the 5,000+ copies that are available today are from the 9th and 10th centuries.

Obviously, most people will not be able to read it. Even those who can read Greek will find it difficult because of the writing style of the day. That’s not the point (because some people can).

What makes this important is that God has preserved his Word just as he promised. Sinaiticus, along with the Codex Vaticanus, are used as bases for many of the English translations of the 20th century. They were behind my longtime favorite version, the New American Standard Bible, and my new favorite, the NET Bible.

I highly recommend that you spend a few minutes getting to know Sinaiticus. There are a few short articles on the project website. Get to know where your Bible came from.


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  1. I think it is awesome that we still have copies of the Bible from all those years ago. What a way to be sure we are being taught what God wanted us to learn.

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