Codex Sinaiticus

(the following is excerpted from, Deception 45: Modern "Biblical Scholarship")

Some people don't believe that all of those "older and more accurate" Greek manuscripts floating around today are authentic documents. [Note: The emphases in the following sections ours.] When Codex Sinaiticus came out in the 1800s, Constantine Simonides, a well-known forger, claimed to have forged Codex Sinaiticus himself--

On 13 September 1862, in an article of The Guardian, he [Constantine Simonides] claimed that he is the real author of the Codex Sinaiticus and that he wrote it in 1839. According to him it was 'the one poor work of his youth'. According to Simonides, he visited Sinai in 1852 and saw the codex.

Http:// says this of Constantine Simonides--

Constantine Simonides (1820-1867), palaeographer, dealer of icons, man with extensive learning, knowledge of manuscripts, miraculous calligraphy. He surpassed his contemporaries in literary ability. According to opinion of paleographers, HE WAS THE MOST VERSATILE FORGER OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY.

These manuscripts often seem to pop up in Roman Catholic edifices like monasteries. Where did Simonides spend his time? According to

Simonides lived in the monasteries on Mount Athos between 1839 and 1841 and again in 1852, during which time he acquired some of the biblical manuscripts that he later sold. He produced a lot of manuscripts ascribed to Hellenistic and early Byzantine periods. He forged a number of documents and manuscripts and CLAIMED THEY WERE THE ORIGINALS of the Gospel of Mark, as well as original manuscripts of poems of Homer. HE SOLD SOME OF THESE FORGERIES to the King of Greece. Greek scholars exposed his forgeries quickly and he left Greece and TRAVELED FROM COUNTRY TO COUNTRY WITH HIS FORGERIES. He visited England between 1853 and 1855 and other European countries, and his literary activity was extraordinary...Some of his works were published in Moscow, Odessa, in England...and in Germany. He also wrote many other works which were never published. From 1843 until 1856...ALL OVER EUROPE HE OFFERED FOR SALE FRAUDULENT MANUSCRIPTS PURPORTING TO BE OF ANCIENT ORIGIN. HE CREATED "A CONSIDERABLE SENSATION BY PRODUCING QUANTITIES OF GREEK MANUSCRIPTS PROFESSING TO BE OF FABULOUS ANTIQUITY...

This idea of a forged manuscript is reminiscent of the infamous "Donation of Constantine."

According to, "they" are still finding portions of Codex Sinaiticus in the 21st century. According to, Codex Sinaiticus was found in 1859 (other sources say that Constantin von Tischendorf found it in 1844 and 1859. As I recall, the bulk of it was found in 1859). When one looks at the dates, one sees a whole lot happening after the Congress of Vienna in 1815 (see Deception 23)...

According to

Codex Sinaiticus is one of the most important books in the world. Handwritten well over 1600 years ago, the manuscript contains the Christian Bible in Greek, including the oldest complete copy of the New Testament. Its HEAVILY CORRECTED TEXT is of outstanding importance for the history of the Bible and the manuscript -- the oldest substantial book to survive Antiquity -- is of supreme importance for the history of the book.

Some people will believe anything that somebody tells them--especially if they have some "credentials."

Also from (

The significance of Codex Sinaiticus for the RECONSTRUCTION OF THE Christian BIBLE'S original TEXT, the history of the Bible and the history of Western book-making is immense.

Reconstruction of the Bible... There are many church people who are fighting tooth and nail against the Authorized King James Bible and for modern corruptions which are ostensibly based on the "best manuscripts"--like Codex Sinaiticus.

In closing, a little about the man who found Codex Sinaiticus at St. Catherine's Monastery at Mount Sinai, Constantin von Tischendorf. From the internet--

Tischendorf was born in Lengenfeld, Saxony, near Plauen, the son of a physician. Beginning in 1834, he spent his scholarly career at the University of Leipzig where he was mainly influenced by JGB Winer, and HE BEGAN TO TAKE SPECIAL INTEREST IN NEW TESTAMENT CRITICISM


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