Saturday, April 27, 2013

Codex Sinaiticus: 1 Corinthians 1:8

Since my purchase of Codex Sinaiticus, Facsimile Edition (you can get one here), I've been exploring this great Bible's secrets for myself.  Currently, I'm reading 1 Corinthians.  I'm sure there will be some "nuggets" out of this.  But today, I wanted to share where the scribe wrote 1:8 twice.  The little marks start on line 7 with 'OC and end with IYXY'.  You can also see the marks on the verse on both sides of lines 8, 9, 10, and ending on line 11.  The "first" verse 8 starts on line 2 where the scribe seems to have dipped his stylus into fresh ink as OC is darker than the preceding IYXY.  There are possibly two probables for the mistake: 1. The scribe here made the copy error, or 2. the exemplar (the manuscript that was being copied) already had the mistake which was probably due to the fact that both verse 7 and verse 8 end with IYXY (Jesus Christ).  The scribe's eyes probably went back to the IYXY of verse 7 and copied verse 8 again knowing that the last part was IYXY.

Proof that copying by hand was difficult in the Ancient world.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Introducing the Biblia Graeca: LXX + NA28

Finally, the German Bible Society is publishing a combined Septuagint (LXX) and the latest Greek New Testament (NA28).  This is something that I've wanted for a couple of years.  It will be released in the fall.  The price is a little hefty, but to have a single volume of both the Greek Old Testament and the Greek New Testament will be well worth it.  See the link here.  Also, see's link here.

The description:

This edition combines the Rahlfs-Hanhart Septuagint (Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament) with the 28th edition of the Nestle-Aland Novum Testamentum Graece. A one-of-a-kind, useful tool for pastors, scholars, and students.
- Includes critical apparatus, cross-references, and much more.