See For Yourself

Today, the British Library released the first glimpses of the Codex Siniaticus: the Gospel of Mark, Psalms, Esther, Jeremiah, parts of 1 Chronicles, and several apocryphal books. The site has search and zoom features, translations and transcriptions of the original text, and different lighting choices to highlight characteristics of the ancient parchment.

When I checked moments ago (7:50 am) the site was too busy to let me in for a peek. I’ll keep trying.

New Testament Scholars, Rejoice!

The wonders of the Web continue to benefit the study of God’s Word. Did you see this article about the Codex Sinaiticus? Using digital technology, and a whole lot of human cooperation, scholars are putting together into one accessible location the entire text of this ancient Greek manuscript of the New Testament.

“The British Library says the full text of the Codex Sinaiticus will be available to Web users by next July, digitally reconnecting parts that are held in Britain, Russia, Germany and a monastery in Egypt’s Sinai Desert.”

I know I took Greek back in seminary, but I’m no Greek scholar. I will be looking to Dr. Dan Wallace for more insight into the significance of this development. But as a Bible lover, I am excited that this incredibly old original manuscript–divided among several libraries and collections and generally off-limits to Joe Schmoe–will soon be available for the world to see and study, online.