Codex Sinaiticus: Found In a Waste Basket

Did you know that the new translations come from two main sources? One is called Vaticanus and the other is Sinaiticus. Vaticanus is housed in the Vatican, hence it’s name. Sinaiticus was found in the trash can of a Catholic monastery in the area believed to be near Mt. Sinai, hence it’s name.

As though this fact alone shouldn’t be enough to cause any Bible Believer to reject any new translation coming from these sources, Alexandrian text defenders not only find the Pope’s Bible completely acceptable but they also LIE about the circumstances at the time that Sinaiticus was found.

Taking Out The Trash

If you’re going to defend the Pope’s trash bible, you should at least be willing to deal honestly with the facts surrounding the papal manuscripts used to produce the Pope’s bible. But many Alexandrian defenders lie and deny. They are so embarrassed by the TRUTH that they must either lie or change the subject.

Well, we won’t let them change the subject and we provide the undeniable documentation to PROVE the truth and to REFUTE the Alexandrian lies.

Count Tischendorf’s Damning Testimony

The Sinaiticus manuscript was discovered by a German textual critic and collector named Count Lobegott Friedrich Constantin Von Tischendorf. We will call him Count Tischendorf.

Count Tischendorf says he found what came to be called Codex Sinaitucs in a “basket” filled with old parchment being used to start fires to keep monks warm. Here is his account:

“I perceived in the middle of the great hall a large and wide basket full of old parchments; and the librarian, who was a man of information, told me that two heaps of papers like these mouldered by time, had been already committed to the flames. What was my surprise to find amid this heap of papers a considerable number of sheets of a copy of the Old Testament in Greek, which seemed to me to be one of the most ancient that I had ever seen.”(1)

Shoot the Messenger!

So how do Alexandrian apologists defend their trash can bible? Bentley’s blind rejection of Tischendorf’s account is as follows:

“It seems to me hardly likely to be true. Quite apart from the fact that the forty-three parchments he supposedly rescued from a basket of rubbish are in remarkably good condition, the highly suspicious circumstances under which Tischendorf took the Codex Sinaiticus from the monks in 1859 made him (as we shall see) desparate to prove that the original owners of the manuscript were unfitted to keep it.” (2)

So, the man who discovered Sinaiticus is demonized in order to protect the reputation of the rejected manuscript. And Bentley’s reasoning is ridiculous.

First, the parchments were missing huge numbers of portions. Obviously, these were BURNED. And the fact that the surviving manuscripts were in good condition is not surprising. Go throw a stack of papers in a basket in a dry room and let them lay there for as long as you want and when you go back, they will be in the same condition.

Secondly, it is obvious that the St. Catherine monks didn’t know that what they had in their possession was worth something because it was only AFTER Tischendorf’s visits that they began capitalizing on their worth. Before Tischendorf, they were clueless.

Distort Tischendorf’s Account!

Again, here is what happened:

Tischendorf finds Siniaticus (with the Septuagint and Gnostic counterfeit books) in a basket being used to start fires. The librarian sees this and “rescues” all but a few pages taken by Tischendorf. Upon returning, Tishcendorf is able to get his hands on Sinaiticus when the librarian retrieves it from his own cell.

And Satanic apologists like James White distort the story to make it sound like this:

“His obvious excitement worried the monks, who became less than cooperative in providing further information about manuscripts at the monastery. Years passed by. Tischendorf attempted to find more manuscripts at the monastery in 1853, but to no avail. Six years later he visited yet once again, and this time on the very evening before he was to leave he presented a copy of the Septuagint (which he had published) to the steward. Upon looking at Tischendorf’s gift, the steward remarked that he, too, had a copy of the Septuagint. From the closet in his cell he produced a manuscript, wrapped in a red cloth. The monk had no idea of the treasure he held in his hands, for this was none other than Codex Sinaiticus, which at that time was no less than 1,500 years old!”

Notice that the discerning reader can see what Mr. White is incapable of seeing IN HIS OWN ACCOUNT!

It’s obvious, even in White’s attempt at distortion, that what happened was the TRASH became valuable to the librarian (“steward”) once he saw it’s worth in the response of Tischendorf.

And what White leaves out (in his usual, dishonest manner) is the Tischendorf himself recognized this manuscript as EXACTLY what he was looking for.

Par For The Course

And that’s how it is. Those of us defending the ONLY Bible manuscripts and translations used by TRUE Christians throughout Christian history have grown accustomed to the lies and abuse from the Alexandrian egomaniacs.

If you DARE disagree, you are “unscholarly”. If you DARE reveal the facts about Satan’s Alexandrian manuscripts ans translations, you are called “a liar” or “mean-spirited” or some other meaningless, baseless charge.

And in response, we will pray for their repentance and laugh off their childish and false accusations. At the Judgment, they will lose reward and be ashamed. And none of us KJV-only (as we are called) Bible Believers (as we prefer to be called) will do anything but praise the Lord Jesus Christ for saving us… ALL of us, undeserving sinners.

 

(1) Tischendorf quoted by James Bentley in, “Secrets of Mount Sinai: The Story of Finding the World’s Oldest Bible–Codex Sinaiticus,” page 86. (c) 1985, James Bentley and Doubleday and Company, Inc., 1986.

(2) Bentley, James. “Secrets of Mount Sinai: The Story of Finding the World’s Oldest Bible–Codex Sinaiticus,” page 86. (c) 1985, James Bentley and Doubleday and Company, Inc., 1986.