Was Codex sinaiticus Written In 1840!
What the Newspapers Reported:
Worldwide newspaper coverage greeted the 1933 London arrival of Codex Sinaiticus. The following was from the Sidney Morning Herald.
On View at Museum.
INSPECTED BY 3500 PEOPLE.
LONDON, Dec. 27. 1933
The Codex Sinaiticus, within a red and gold enamelled box, wrapped in cotton wool and brown paper, arrived at the British Museum this morning.
Dr. Bell, Keeper of Manuscripts, spent two hours testing its authenticity, after which it was installed in the entrance hall, where a queue speedily formed. About people inspected the manuscript 3500, of them placing a contribution, sometimes a Treasury note, in the box alongside.
Visitors generally were amazed at the wonderful state of its preservation and the clearness of the script. Mr. Ernest Maggs, who negotiated the sale, says: "The at first asked £500,000, but when real discussions commenced the price was reduced to £200,000. At £100,000 it was a wonderful bargain."
Sir George Hill, director of the British Museum, says that sentimentally the Codex is beyond the value of the Elgin marbles, Which is placed at £1,500,000.
Note the amazement at its “wonderful state of preservation” and it being a “wonderful bargain” at £100.000. That today is about Seven Million Pounds. THEY PAID TOO MUCH !
These are strange days, but for those who believe there are good reasons to hold to the King James Bible and the text upon which it is based, nothing is stranger than the account of a forgotten but now re-emerging debate that took place after the 1844 “discovery” of Codex Sinaiticus. It now appears that the HOUSE OF CARDS upon which the Modern Version Text is based is far weaker than we could have imagined. Unlike other Biblical controversies, much of what we know about this one appeared in the British Press; mainly in 1862 and 1863.
About the Author
J.A. Moorman has written the following scholarly books defending the King James Bible and the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek words that underlie it:
1. When the KJV Departs from the "Majority Text."
2. Early Manuscripts, Church Fathers, and the Authorized Version.
3. Forever Settled.
4. Missing in Modern Bibles-The Old Heresy Revived.
5. Samuel P. Tregelles-The Man Who Made the Critical Text Acceptable to Bible Believers.
6. 8,000 Differences Between the Textus Receptus and the Critical Text.
7. Bible Chronology: The Two Great Divides.
8. The Biblical and Observational Case for Geocentricity.
9. Revelation, God's Final Word.
10. Daniel, The Times of the Gentiles & of Jerusalem.
11. The Church; Beginning, Baptism, Body, and Bride.
12. Delivered From the Wrath to Come.
These well-documented works and are replete with evidence which he has gleaned from his own resources as well as references found in the British Museum, British Library and other libraries in South Africa and the United Kingdom.
He has been the pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in London, England since 1993. A great deal of his time, and on a nearly daily basis, is spent in distributing Gospel Literature on the crowded streets of London and beyond.
Table of Contents
Was Codex Sinaiticus. 7
Written In 1840! 7
TABLE OF CONTENTS. 9
CHAPTER 1. 13
AN IMMEDIATE PROBLEM FOR SINAITICUS. 13
CHAPTER 2. 17
THE UNEXPECTED PROMPT THAT REOPENED THE DEBATE 17
CHAPTER 3. 21
CONSTANTINE TISCHENDORF’S ACCOUNT. 21
CHAPTER 4. 29
A THREEFOLD WITNESS AGAINST THE ANTIQUITY OF SINAITICUS 29
B. WHAT KALLINIKOS OF ALEXANDRIA SAID.. 63
CHAPTER 5. 93
A SURGE OF VATICAN “INTEREST” IN TISCHENDORF AND SINAITICUS 93
CHAPTER 6. 103
FURTHER QUESTIONS, FACTS AND FORENSICS. 103
CHAPTER 7. 119
FROM WHAT DID SIMONIDES COPY?. 119
CHAPTER 8. 125
THE COLLAPSE OF THE MODERN VERSION TEXT: 125
INDEX OF WORDS AND PHRASES. 131
ABOUT THE AUTHOR.. 137