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. Title: Scribal Habits of Codex Sinaiticus
. Author: Dirk Jongkind
. Series: Texts and Studies Third Series
. Series Volume: 5
. ISBN: 978-1-59333-422-2
. Price: $78
. Format: Hardback, 6 x 9, 1 vol(s), xvii i+ 323 pp.
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Codex Sinaiticus is the oldest manuscript containing the complete text of
the New Testament. Besides the New Testament, this codex from the fourth
century also contains large parts of the Greek Old Testament, though quite a
large part of this section did not survive. Codex Sinaiticus is much more
than simply a particular instance of the Greek text of the Bible. At least
three different scribes copied the text out by hand, and these scribes were
faced with many decisions in the process of writing: How many letters do I
put on this line? Will I contract this word as a nomen sacrum or will I
spell it out in full? What do I do when I spot an error in the text I have
just copied? What is the right spelling of this word? Is it time for a new
paragraph? How do I fit the text I have copied to that of my colleague?
This book studies a wide variety of textual and non-textual phenomena of
Codex Sinaiticus. Thus we not only learn more about this important biblical
manuscript, but are also able to discern much about the individual scribes.
The Codex Sinaiticus is not a homogenous book, but the product of
individuals with their own habits and different qualities. This study shows
that it is possible to rate the scribes of the New Testament according to
their individual copying ability.
Dirk Jongkind finished his doctoral work at Cambridge University in 2005.
Before taking up a research fellowship at Tyndale House, Cambridge, he was
employed by the British Library in London to work on the curatorial
preparation of the Codex Sinaiticus Digitisation Project. He is a fellow of
St Edmund's College, Cambridge.
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