Codex Sinaiticus was Probably one of the Fastest Produced Biblical Manuscripts.

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Codex Sinaiticus was Probably one of the Fastest Produced Biblical Manuscripts.

By now, most Christians have conceded without loss of faith that their Bible are somewhat corrupt by the constant erasure, use of inserts and scribal errors due to copying over the centuries.  This has not abated to the present time, with new translation almost annually undertaken by the various biblical institutions worldwide to produce a new edition.  In fact, somewhere in the world there is a Bible printed to quench the thirst of some ardent zealot every hour of the day.  However, this process does not make the Bible more accurate to the ancient autograph, on the contrary, it takes it further and further from the anonymous author textual original.  One also needs to remember that the early Christians made deliberate alterations, so they could put their Doctrine and Dogma on record. 

In my scholastic days in the early 1950s, the term used was the Bible is a copy of a copy.  Then came, in the 1990s, New Testament scholars such as Bart D. Ehrman, who termed the present Bible as a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy.  In fact, the early Christian copyist were so bad at producing errors and spelling mistakes in their work, due in most part by reputation, tediousness, and tiredness.  Even complete section missed out or skipped, and the reading of some of these were nonsense to later readers.  Even the oldest biblical MS were full of scribal errors. 


Concerning Codex Sinaiticus, and its speedy production, to become a master/exemplar for future generations of Bibles, until it fell out of favour.  Discounting all mistakes aside from the individual spelling variants, this would have left only hundred or so actual errors remaining to be corrected in Sinaiticus.  The chosen scribes and especially the scriptorium correctors had done their work.  When they were finished, the codex was a fairly accurate document in relation to its source.  It is not in terms of appearance a tidy manuscript. [Peter Cresswell (2013), The Invention of Jesus, pp.86-87, Watkins Publishing, London] 

One can ask, owing to the speed undertaken by the scribes to finish the manuscript, was it due in part to Constantine’s request to Eusebius for 50 new Bibles for the churches of Constantinople? 

Christians should be thankful to the correctors who in most cased corrected many scribal errors. Over the centuries when one manuscript became useless due to wear and tear it was copied with the old errors missed by correctors.  Even scribe put their own insert on certain verses to enhance their God’s word or even complete were stories added later.  The story of the Adulteress (John 7:53-8:11), and the greater part of the Trinity verses (1 John 5:7-8) and the resurrection verses (Mark 16:9-20) were later additions to the Bible.  Thankfully, Sinaiticus, is absent of these later additions. 


Now Imaging a dank dark scriptorium were the main source of lighting is by candlelight, now envisage several scribal monks siting around the Sinaiticus exemplar (a copy of a biblical manuscript used for copying) they are to reproduce in haste.  Notice that not all monks are attentive or even well or fully functional, as most have been up all night, partying and sodomizing each other throughout the dark period.  (Yes, I have proof of monks partying and even how much booze they were allowed each day.  They had ​one night’s entertainment monthly, as agreed, from revenues produced by Abbey’s and Monasteries from rented or tithe properties owned by the various church.  However, that’s a historical story thanks to the information gleaned from the Saxon Chronicle ‘E’ MS for year 852.  Even the spreading of syphilis can be put down to these inebriated sodomizing clerics of old.)  The task at hand for these scribes is to reproduce a copy of the manuscript at speed never known before.  Many scholars believed that the early destiny of Sinaiticus was to be a major exemplar, as nine correctors worked correcting Codex Sinaiticus.  What do you say?


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