BOOK REVIEWS BY THE ‘ENGLISH CHURCHMAN’ NEWSPAPER.
The Creation Science Movement hosted “A day of lectures by Dr Bill Cooper” on May 13, 2017. The ‘The English Churchman’ was in the audience and kindly wrote some reviews on the two topics covered. First discussion was the “Forging of the Codex Sinaiticus” and secondly “New Testament Fragments amongst the Dead Sea Scrolls.”
№.7976 English Churchman: Fridays, 26th May & 2nd June 2017 – http://englishchurchman.com/
ON SATURDAY 13TH MAY DR BILL COOPER GAVE TWO OUTSTANDING ADDRESSES IN PORTSMOUTH CONCERNING THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE TEXT OF THE BIBLE.
OVERWHELMING PALEOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE AGAINST MODERN BIBLE VERSIONS
Dr Cooper gave a simple and clear summary of the detailed study carried out by scholars of ancient Bible manuscripts. In the morning he demonstrated that the liberal scholars’ favourite manuscript known as Sinaiticus is no less than a forgery! In the afternoon he showed that the Textus Receptus, TR, that underlies the Authorised King James Version is proved to be authentic by fragments from before AD68 from the Qumran caves by the Dead Sea.
The Forging of Sinaiticus
Sinaiticus was not written in the 4th Century but was written by Constantine Simonides, an expert in palaeography, in the 19th Century. The monastery wanted to give a Bible to the Tsar of Russia so Simonides wrote it. That itself was not the forgery. What evidence is there? Above all, the vellum, also called parchment, which is from animal skin, is not oxidised. By contrast, the 800 year old copies of Magna Carta are so fragile, yet it is claimed that Sinaiticus is nearly twice as old as Magna Carta. The collagen in skin, ie vellum, decays and falls apart yet Sinaiticus is fresh and supple! The British Museum itself wrote that the wear was due to mechanical damage rather than deterioration. In this way the British Museum are virtually admitting what they cannot say outright, that Sinaiticus can’t be so old!
The second proof that Sinaiticus was written in the Nineteenth Century is that it includes other writings besides the Bible. One of these is called the Shepherd of Hermas which is an apocryphal work but only preserved in Latin fragments. Simonides helped publish it in Greek. Tischendorf, who obtained Sinaiticus, saw immediately that this Hermas was a modern production because it included many phrases unknown in New Testament times. Tischendorf said this when he first saw a separate copy of Hermas but he then found an identical copy of Hermas within the pages of Sinaiticus! Tischendorf then denied the truth. The second writing included within Sinaiticus is the Epistle of Barnabas which was published in 1843 by Simonides. This has the same modern Greek as Hermas and actually follows in Sinaiticus immediately after the end of the Book of Revelation, proving that the whole manuscript is modern.
Therefore Sinaiticus is proven to be a Nineteenth Century production. The claim that Sinaiticus is 4th Century is false. Simonides always said he wrote it. It was never intended to be otherwise, only written for the Tsar. But Dr Cooper did not stop here. His next piece of evidence was not so much regarding the dating of Sinaiticus but the forging work that took place after Simonides had finished.
Part 2 to follow