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Tischendorf and the Discovery of Sinaiticus (Part 2)

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Lesson

This lecture summarizes the life of Constantine von Tischendorf [1815-1874], and his very important discovery of Codex Sinaiticus.

Outline

I. PERSONAL

A. 1815-1874

B. Wanted to prove F.C. Baur wrong

II. TRAVELS

A. Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus (1841)

B. St. Catherine’s Monastery (1844)

C. Further visits to St. Catherine’s (1844, 1853, 1859)

III. THE DISCOVERY OF CODEX SINAITICUS

A. 1859

B. The oldest complete NT manuscript by 500 years

C. Manuscript ultimately sent to St. Petersburg, Russia

D. Sold to the British government for 100,000 pounds (1933)

IV. NEW FINDS AT ST. CATHERINE’S MONASTERY

A. Hidden store room was discovered during repair work (1975)

1. 1,000s of mss

2. Portion of Codex Sinaiticus from the Book of Numbers

B. Numbers

1. 1,200 manuscripts and 50,000 fragments, including 12 complete leaves of Codex Sinaiticus and 14 fragments

2. 2nd largest collection of ancient MSS (3,300 MSS)

V. WHAT REALLY HAPPENED WITH TISCHENDORF AND CODEX SINAITICUS

A. Tischendorf found no part of OT earlier that 1st Chronicles

B. Monks stored, not destroyed, manuscripts

C. For centuries, MS were kept at separate locations within the monastery

D. Parchment doesn’t burn easily

E. Did Tischendorf fabricate his story of MS burning by monks?

F. Fragment saying Tischendorf promised to return the MS (1964)

G. Conclusion on Tischendorf and his visits to St. Catherine’s Monastery