Codex Sinaiticus

  • Medieval Era
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

The Medieval manuscript known as The Codex Sinaiticus is one of the only surviving Western Christian Bibles, written in Ancient Greek. It dates from the 4th Century AD. While containing only a ''complete'' New Testament (in that language), it's Old Testament components are incomplete. The Codex does contain several non-Canonical Books and Apocrypa (''Forbidden'' Texts). Discovered in 1844 AD in The St. Catherine Monastery (Egypt), it's subsequent search to recover such a Medieval Codex was spurred by The Tsar of Russia, Alexander II. When found, portions of The Codex would be sent to various World Renown Libraries for further research and verification.

 

The Codex was written in a literary form known as ''Scriptio Continua''. There are no ''breathings'' (pause) or Polytonic Accents. The lettering used is associated with a Form known as ''Alexandrian'', in relation to the style promulgated in Alexandria, Egypt, up to the 9th Century AD (when it was replaced by The Coptic Style).