Codex Sinaiticus: The Story of the World's Oldest Bible   -     By: D.C. Parker
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Codex Sinaiticus: The Story of the World's Oldest Bible

Hendrickson Publishers / 2010 / Hardcover

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D. C. Parker's Codex Sinaiticus: The Story of the World's Oldest Bible draws on both Parker's expertise as a textual scholar, historian, and storyteller to tell the story of how the Codex Sinaticus journeyed from the 4th century (350AD) to the modern world and became the first fully digitized document of its kind.

Readers, as they follow the story of Codex Sinaiticus will be introduced to the key personalities, places, and events that shaped the Codex's history including its emergence in 1844 at St. Catherine's Monastery, Mt. Sinai (a discovery rich with legend, intrigue, and adventure) Readers will also be introduced to the contents of the Codex as Parker catalogues how much of each biblical book it contains, its marginal notes, significzant textual variations, and explains how so many pieces came to be housed in four different locations.

Parker also documents the transformation of the Codex into digital format by way of photography and provides several of the digital pictures in Full-color for the reader to examine as Parker explains them.

Despite its rather unorthodox journey, Codex Sinaiticus is a treasure beyond price. Produced in the middle of the fourth century, its bound parchment pages originally held the full canon of the Christian Bible and more--the handwritten Greek text of the earliest surviving copy of the complete koine New Testament; the earliest and best copies of some Septuagint texts, the Old Testament Scriptures as they were adopted by the first-century church; and two late fi rst-century Christian texts, the Shepherd of Hermas and the Epistle of Barnabas. The sections are heavily marked by early correctors.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Hendrickson Publishers
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 1598565761
ISBN-13: 9781598565768
Availability: In Stock

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Despite its rather austere appearance, the Codex Sinaiticus is a treasure beyond price. Produced in the middle of the fourth century, its bound parchment pages hold the full canon of the Christian Bible and more--the handwritten Greek text of the earliest surviving copy of the complete koine New Testament; the earliest and best copies of some Septuagint texts, the Old Testament Scriptures as they were adopted by the first-century church; and two late fi rst-century Christian texts, the Shepherd of Hermas and the Epistle of Barnabas. The sections are heavily marked by early correctors.

Told here is the compelling story of how the Codex Sinaiticus was created and used in the ancient church; how it was preserved for centuries at the monastery of St. Catherine's, Mount Sinai; its subsequent history and how its pages came to be divided and dispersed; and how it has been compiled again and made accessible to a worldwide audience for the first time.

D. C. Parker's outstanding research and excellent storytelling skills simultaneously illuminate the chronology of bookmaking in Western culture and the effects of that technology on the presentation of the biblical canon. Offering a fascinating look at the task of making a Bible in the year, AD 350, he discusses how included books were chosen--or not; physical elements of production--layout, ink, parchment, binding, and budget; the jobs of scribes and correctors; and the role of annotators. As readers follow the travels of the pieces of the Codex Sinaiticus through the twentieth century, they'll discover key personalities and places, and absorb the details of the current production of the Internet electronic edition of this singular document. Full-color illustrations and suggestions for further reading add much to the journey.

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