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Codex Sinaiticus

Published Date:
June 2015
British Library
Bibliographic Details:
Hardback, 352 pages, 244 x 172 mm
Scot McKendrick, David Parker, Amy Myshrall and Cillian O’Hogan
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New Perspectives on the Ancient Biblical Manuscript

Codex Sinaiticus is one of the most important books in the world. Handwritten well over 1600 years ago, the manuscript contains the Christian Bible in Greek, including the oldest complete copy of the New Testament. Its heavily corrected text is of outstanding importance for the history of the Bible and the manuscript – the oldest substantial book to survive antiquity – is of supreme importance for the history of the book.

This collection of scholarly essays constitutes an important reappraisal of the history of the manuscript. Newly discovered archival material sheds light on the complex sequence of events which led to the Codex being dispersed across four libraries. The evidence relating to the production of the manuscript is assessed by several contributors, who pay careful attention to the thousands of corrections which were made to the text by several hands. The significance of Codex Sinaiticus for our understanding of the New Testament text is analysed in detail, with a number of articles showing how the manuscript helps us to understand the formation of the Christian canon in antiquity.

About the authors

Scot McKendrick is Head of History and Classics at the British Library. David Parker is Edward Cadbury Professor of Theology and Director of the Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing at the University of Birmingham. Amy Myshrall is a researcher at the Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing at the University of Birmingham. Cillian O’Hogan is Curator of Classical and Byzantine Studies at the British Library.

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