Manuscripts - Ancient, handwritten copies of the Bible in its original languages (Hebrew, Aramaic or Greek)
Codex - A manuscript written on sheets of "paper" (papyrus or animal skin) and tied in a book format, having pages rather than being fastened together in scroll form.
"Aleph" - The first letter ("A") in the Hebrew Alphabet
Mt. Sinai - The Mount upon which Moses received the Ten Commandments from God
How would Galatians 1:7-9 contradict a person who claimed that new truths (not found in the Bible) were revealed to him by an angel, dream, special person, or another unusual means? Can you name some groups which believe and teach that this has happened after the Bible was completed or that it is still happening today?
What deep security would these people be missing in their lives regarding God's truth?
No originally written copies of any Bible books have been preserved. All the original scrolls have been recopied by carefullytrained and accurately-working scribes until they were worn beyond further use. Under the guiding hand of God, scribes, who devoted their lives to precise copying work, reproduced exact handwritten copies from generation to generation, until the printing press was invented.
Thousands of partial, ancient copies, written in the original languages of both Testaments have been found and carefully studied and preserved. The three most ancient and well-known, complete Bible manuscripts (ancient, handwritten, originallanguage copies) containing all or most of the books of both the Old and New Testament are:
1. Sinaitic Manuscript or Codex "Aleph"
The Sinaitic Manuscript, written in the fourth century A.D., contains numerous changes and corrections made by later scribes. Some pages from the codex were discovered by Constantin Tischendorf in a wastebasket in the Monastery of St. Catherine on Mt. Sinai. After fifteen years of trying, he finally secured the entire codex in 1859. This manuscript is presently stored in the British Museum in London."
2. Alexandrian Manuscript or Codex "A"
The Alexandrian Manuscript, written in the fifth century A.D., was obtained by the Patriarch of Constantinople in Alexandria, who presented it to King