Codex Sinaiticus Released

by Irma Arkus

The fourth century bible written between year 300 – 350, and the oldest known example of Christian scriptures in Greek, will be available for public viewing as the British Library is to make the valuable pages widely available online.

The bible contains scriptures omitted from the KJ version, including Epistle of Barnabas and the Shepherd of Hermas. Additionally, scans show that the text has been heavily amended over centuries.

The version of the Book of Psalms and the Gospel of Mark will be available as of July 24th, with subsequent release of the remainder.

The effort to release the text into public domain view is an initiative to make the text internationally available to scholars. Until now, the Codex was only available for viewing to select clerics.

One interesting fact about Codex Sinaiticus is that one of Christian cornerstone beliefs, the story of resurrection of Jesus is not mentioned. Instead, the story simply describes disciples finding an empty burial tomb, and leaving in fear. This implies that the “resurrection” was addended by later generations of followers.

View the Codex Sinaiticus HERE.