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Sinaiticus! I have one!

Hello, fellow Israelites in the Dispersion!  Roots & Branches Hebraic Roots Group will meet Friday night 7:30 (time change) and Saturday afternoon at 2 PM.  Study sessions are roundtable format and last about two hours each, but you are free to go anytime.  R&B meets in the River Room at Tabernacles Ministries in Vero Beach Florida. There are maps and other info at www.yahpop.us if you care to join us.

Thanks for making us a full house last Sabbath!!

“The Oldest Bible,” It Says

One of you send me a link to an article “Oldest known Bible goes (now) online.”  You were very open to the spirit to send it. So I write in hopes that you’ll take time to read my account of the “Oldest Known Bible” in this note.  I have had personal experience with this “Bible,” and I’ll make the story short.
We are talking about the Codex Sinaiticus version, probably more than 1700 years old, the oldest complete New Testament in existence, found in the trash can of the St. Catherine’s Monastery at the top of Mount Scopus in Jerusalem.  Here’s the link to the story at CNN.

How Rare!

Years ago, when I first learned of this ancient Sinaiticus (sine-EYE-tick-oos) New Testament, I wanted to have one myself, for I read that, being the oldest New Testament we had, there was significant differences between the it and the Johnny-come-latelys of the last 1700 years.  So I started looking for the Greek Sinaiticus but could not find a version that was readable.  I started looking for English translations, but there weren’t any.  None.  Almost none anyway.  This manuscript has been out of circulation so long that most have forgotten it.  The H. T. Anderson translation I found dated back to the 1860s.  There were only a few of them in the US, all in the rare books section of certain university theological libraries.

Not at the Local Library; Not on Amazon; Not of this World

I tried these libraries, but because of the translation’s rarity, they wouldn’t lend it to me.  Finally one library said I may borrow it if I could find a tenured theology professor to borrow it on my behalf.  Even at that, it would have to be back in 10 days.  So I found a dusty old professor to borrowed the dusty old book for me.  When I received it I only had enough time to scan the entire translation into my computer and send it back.  It took me weeks to run optical character recognition software (OCR) on the text so it might be edited for the first time in 140 years. After another solid year of editing Anderson’s
text (with the help of some online editors), I put the whole Testament online myself – the only such translation on the only such website anyplace.  The original site is still up here: www.sinaiticus.com.

Flying Off the Shelves; well, not exactly

I print-published the H T Anderson in 2007 and have it for sale at my little online bookstore. There were only a couple sales, then nothing – until just this month.  All of a sudden, they are ‘flying off the shelves.’  Sure wouldn’t have known why had not that certain someone sent me the CNN article.  Thank you!  Write back!  Send news! (I hope you’ll take time to read the account of how Tischendorff found this manuscript in 1840 or so – the story would make a first-rate novel, history again more astounding than fiction. You can find a short version of the story in my editor’s preface at www.sinaiticus.com.)

Differences Between Sinaiticus and the Rest

Obviously, a text this old would be shorter than the later texts used to bring you bloated translations like the NIV and NRSV.  Why shorter? Because the Sinaiticus came along before medieval scribes, monks, priests, professors, philanthropists, and theologians doctored the later copies to help lead us astray in all centuries since the 4th, beginning with the takeover of the Messianic Faith by the Roman government.  Don’t believe for a minute that theologians and the rest didn’t change the Scriptures to them read both Catholic and Protestant!  Even the layperson will be able to tell the difference, because reading the Sinaiticus is so simple and understandable.  Certain doctrines that have kept us bound up in fear are simply not in there because they weren’t thought up yet.

It’s Not In There

(What’s not there?  Just to name two doctrines – the Trinity is not in there, neither is Everlasting Burning in Hell.  These doctrines were never taken out of the Scripture – they just were never in there to begin with.  Others false teachings, like the substitution of the multitude of pagan names for that of our Heavenly Father, were added into the Scripture at a later time – sometimes by accident, but more often deliberately.  Remember, in those days, all  manuscripts were published by hand – whoever was paying for 50 scribes could have them put any extra in there that would serve their purpose.  The doctrine of eternal torment has really served its purpose down through the millennia.)  Reply if you want to know more.

What IS in There

What IS in there might make the preacher shake if any preachers really cared what was in there.  There are two extra books in the New Testament that were cast out centuries later by the Catholic Church.  Why?  You tell me.  The first, right after the Book of Revelation, is The Epistle of Barnabas. This letter is every bit as authentic any of Paul’s letters; yet if you read what churchy scholars have to say about it, it could be the letter from Hell.  Barnabas simply writes to his spiritual sons and daughters around the time of Jerusalem’s destruction (70 AD), teaching them how to live through terrible times.
Barnabas was thrown out no doubt because Banabas tells us what the Savior means in his Olivette prophecies, and how ‘moderns’ might understand
living the Torah life in spite of the lawless world teaching contrary. Can you see why Barnabas would be solid gone while Paul takes up most of the
book?  If you are intereste in The Epistle of Barnabas, I have a new translation at www.Apostolia.us. If you don’t want to invest $14, you may listen to the whole book at this link (about 45 minutes long).

The second book is The Shepherd of Hermas.  Like Revelation, there is an angel guiding Hermas, a new believer, through allegorical places, with each place teaching truth.  It is thought that the Shepherd was helpful to true disciples, children, and new believers, to learn what it means to be living the life of a
believer.  This is a really great book for everyone – but I must warn you – churchy types, if they know it at all, don’t like Shepherd in the New Testament because it actually teaches MORALITY and SPIRITUALITY.  You can read it at www.Sinaiticus.com.

Why the Apocrypha Cast Out

The Sinaiticus has what is called “the Apocrypha,” Jewish scriptural works that made the original (1611) King James Version.  The Apocrypha wasn’t liked by the Jews because they were written in Greek thus too pagan.  Protestants hate the Apocrypha (and hate is not too strong a word) because they think it’s too Jewish!  Both have cast it out of the Bible!  In this case, we are in debt to Catholics and Orthodox folks because they kept it in and made all these wonderful books available to us.  Again, I have some, like Tobit and Judith recorded if you would like to hear their wonderful stories.  (Tobit or  Tevyah is here. Judith and Susanna are here.)

If you read the CNN Article

Finally, if you do read the article from CNN, please consider a few errors in the article.

1) Sinaiticus is not the oldest Bible but the oldest complete New Testament.

2) The Sinaiticus in no way denigrates the resurrection.  It does show us that the Gospel of Mark ended with 16:8 rather than the tacked on endings that accumulated down through the years.

3) The Sinaiticus Greek is finally online at http://www.codexsinaiticus.org/en/.

In the Scripture:

Dr. Jackson H. Snyder II



July 9, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

The Great Escape of ’68

Hello, achim and achiot from Roots & Branches Hebraic Roots in Vero Beach. It’s great to actually use a group name to address you this week!
R&B Group will be meeting at Tabernacles Ministries’ River Room Erev Shabbat (Friday evening) 7:30 PM and Shabbat (the 7th day) at 3 PM.
Directions are found at http://www.YAHpop.us. If you receive this, you are invited. Study is roundtable style (no pews or such) and informal.

A Breathtaking Journey
The last few months have taken us on a breathtaking, whirlwind tour of apostolic literature! We’ve stopped here and there to examine small niches of interest and wonder, then flown higher into the heavens to see how the small places get lost in the landscape. Just look where we’ve been in our search through prophecy for the Standing Man:

Sestains of Destiny – – anointed and prophetic verse
Isaiah 9 – 19 – – 2006 to the Abraham Path Initiative
Jeremiah 50 – 51 – – Two Gulf Wars
First Enoch – – Judgment of the chattaim
Genesis 1 & 2 – – the two creations, signs of destiny
Epistle of Barnabas – – the seven days of soteriological history
Ezekiel 38 & 39 – – the two Turkish captivities, Gog and Rosh identified (not Russia)
Jeremiah 35 ff – – Zeal! The Rechabites; Phinehas and Melchizedek priesthoods
Romans 10 – – Zeal and Proxy!
Dead Seas Scrolls, Community Rule – – the Mebakker and Zakanim
Gospel of Thomas – – the inheritance of James the Just, Pillar, standing man
Clement’s Epitomes – – Paul v. James on the Temple Steps, the Netzer Exodus
Flavius Josephus – – rising men: Theudas, Judas, the mysterious Egyptian, the escape (69 AD)
Acts 21ff – – Zeal for the Torah and the plot against Paul the Heretic. Zeal! Zeal! Innovation!

Escape to Pella, 68 AD. The Real Story!
This weekend we will continue with a closer look at the BELIEVERS’ ESCAPE FROM JERUSALEM DURING THE ROMAN SEIGE IN 68 AD.
Although James died in 62 (and thus commenced the war with the Roman Empire), there was at least one other brother of our Savior on hand for the escape.
This other brother was known in history simply as “The Rechabite.” He is known in the Gospels as Simon the Canaanaean, Simon the Zealot, and Simeon bar Cleopas.
There was a miracle in 68 AD. You should Learn about another great witness of the faith who is passed over by the scribes. Simeon Cleopas.

You Won’t Find This In Your Church
This width and breadth of Scripture study is impossible to find outside of the top institutes of higher education; yet despite the academics, the word rises up with anointing and conviction.
The wonderful thing about the study of so-called “Christian Origins” is that when someone brings something new to the roundtable, those who know the Word almost always ‘find the fit’ or history within their own scriptural understanding. We experience many EUREKA MOMENTS. When was the last time you had a EUREKA MOMENT in Sunday School? More probably to have a SENIOR MOMENT there!

James the Just & Simeon bar Cleopas
These fellows walked together down the Emmaus Road. If you’d like to know a little more about the brother of our Savior, James the Just, here is streaming audio of my impressions about James when archaeology made the discovery of the James Ossuary public in 2003. You can download it and play it if you’d rather.
Here is the link to the stream: http://radio-yahweh.com/m3u/snyder-james-just.m3u
Here is the link to the MP3 download: http://www.radio-yahweh.com/byrneville-5/snyder-life-times-james-just.mp3

I got your questions this week, but have run out of time to answer! Will get to the questions in the next installment.

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May Yahweh bless you; and may you always bless Yahweh, King of the Universe.

In the Scripture,

Dr. Jackson H. Snyder II

July 3, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment