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Ancient Scribes And Modern Encodings: The Digital Codex Sinaiticus

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The Codex Sinaiticus is one of the two oldest Bibles in Greek, and contains the oldest complete New Testament. The chapter focuses on the transcription, which was made in Birmingham University, at the Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing. It describes the concept and methodology of the project, and compares it with the process by which the manuscript itself was made in the fourth century. In particular, the chapter outlines the workings of the team of scribes and the decisions they had to make and a comparison is made with the process of making a complex web-based edition. Finally, it discusses the significance and likely impact of editions which make hitherto almost inaccessible material available to everyone with a browser.

Keywords: Bibles; Codex Sinaiticus; manuscript; New Testament; scribes



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