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4.6 out of 5 stars

on 23 February 2013
Dr Parker describes this as "a less specialist book" (p. 182) with two target audiences:
1) "it gives a researcher a broad description which will suggest areas where further work is awaited";
2) "it shares scholarship with a wide audience"

This is a justified description of what the book is.

A knowledge of Greek is not required to understand this book, although knowing some Greek may enhance the reader's appreciation of some points.

Access to a copy of the facsimile edition of Codex Sinaiticus is not essential to understand this book, although having such access will enable the reader to see in greater detail some of the features that are described in the book.

In the absence of such access, two particular sources of information will be invaluable to the reader of this book:
1) the significant number of expertly-produced full-colour images of details from Codex Sinaiticus, reproduced in this book on high-quality glossy paper - the best Greek manuscript images that I have seen after having consulted a number of books;
2) the availability of the codexsinaiticus dot org website, where one can view any page of the Codex manuscript and find much other helpful information.

Indubitably one person was key in the preservation for future generations of the manuscript known as Codex Sinaiticus: the nineteenth-century German academic Constantin Tischendorf, and his role is described in this book.

The book covers the history of the Codex Sinaiticus from the time of its production until the 21st century and while the information provided is invaluable, in the opinion of the present reviewer the one flaw is the way that it judges Constantin Tischendorf harshly by the politically-correct standards of the 21st century and makes light of the indisputable evidence that in the hands of the monks of St Catherine's Monastery in the 19th century (and earlier), the Codex Sinaiticus was being deliberately, progressively and aggressively destroyed. Perhaps this stance by Dr Parker was imposed on him in consequence of the fact that the production of this account was one of the objectives of the partnership agreement that was signed in 2005 between the four institutions that today have parts of the Codex Sinaiticus manuscript, of which St Catherine's Monastery is one. (Other objectives included the production of the website, and the publication of the printed facsimile of the Codex).

This book is jointly published by the British Library and Hendrickson Publishers, who also jointly published the facsimile edition of the Codex, and it should in the opinion of the present reviewer be considered an essential purchase for any English-speaking reader who buys the Codex.

If you only buy one book on the Codex Sinaiticus, this is the one to buy. Essential reading on the subject.
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on 5 January 2017
Who'd have thought biblical history could be enthralling, but it is here. A world of wonder is opened up. Not everyone's cup of tea perhaps but you wouldn't be reading this if you weren't just a little bit interested. If it's your kind of topic, I'd say it's your kind of book.
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on 26 January 2014
I am doing a lecture on Bible manuscripts, and Codex Sinaiticus has always been an important reference for Greek NT for me. This book gives a lot of information about the history, the scribes who wrote it, the problems with consistancy in reproducing the text, and the actual construction of the book. Well presented with good plates. A good read as well as providing the information and background I needed.
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on 6 September 2014
very comprehensive and detailed.
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on 6 June 2017
Very interesting
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on 1 September 2014
Most interesting.
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on 7 November 2014
Not quite what I expected.
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on 24 September 2011
I find this an excellent work the author has managed to write an extremely scholastic work that is also simple and easy to read,the research & information it contains is second to none several of my friends have bought a copy after reading just a few pages of mine !the pictures and external links are a bonus .the book itself is very good quality nice thick pages ,good binding nice heavy feel to the book ....if this is your kind of thing, I would highly recommend this book ,its one you can read over and over again well done to all involved
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