(Codex Sinaiticus found at http://www.codex-sinaiticus.net/en/img/Codex_Sinaiticus_open_full.jpg)
Codex Sinaiticus, have you heard of it? I think I read about it recently in a news flash. It is a 1600 year old Bible (400 AD)–the oldest copy of the New Testament is included, in Greek (of course, it’s all Greek to me :). Preserved in a Mount Sinai monastery for centuries (yeah, the Mount Sinai of Moses fame) it started to be unveiled in the middle 1800’s. Its handwritten text is stunning and ancient…AND it is available for all eyes to see on the internet. Seriously, check it out: http://www.codexsinaiticus.org/en/
The website has an English translation option as well as a Greek, Russian and German one. Not all text has been translated yet. :'( It includes a couple of New Testament books not in today’s Bibles and most (if not all) of the apocryphal books found in the Catholic Bible. For those of us who love to study God’s Word, it makes our hearts sing!
In poking around a bit, this shining nugget caught my eye and spoke to depths:
…grace to you and peace from him who is, and who was, and who comes, and from the seven spirits that are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the first-born of the dead and the prince of the kings of the earth. To him that loves us and that washed us from our sins in his blood, and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and strength through the ages: amen. (Revelation 1:4b-6)
(Contemplative update: prayed today, on my face mostly)