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Codex Sinaiticus on sale

December 17, 2012

Just a quick note for the bibliophiles out there:  Hendrickson’s beautiful facsimile of the Codex Sinaiticus is now on sale for $200 from CBD.  (If you call up CBD, they’ll offer you a coupon for free shipping too.)  This is a real discount – the best price I have seen previously on this volume is around $600 (the list price is $800).

This is a superior volume which offers the closest experience that most of us can have with the original text.  Of course, images of the Codex Sinaiticus are available online at an outstanding web site.  Still, nothing can compare with the actual experience of holding the printed page. 

Of course, this work will be of interest to those who are interested in the early Christian Bible, as well as in Septuagint studies.  But this huge volume (21.2 x 18.7 x 6.5 inches) is not only a reproduction of a central manuscript of Late Antiquity; Codex Sinaiticus is a key artifact in the history of Western book-making.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. Russ permalink
    December 17, 2012 3:59 pm

    Thanks, Theophrastus:

    I won’t be buying it but I will most certainly check out that web site. (In fact, I have already started.)

    And since I don’t know the Greek, the NETS is the best available English translation of the Septuagint I take it?

    Merry Christmas,
    Russ

  2. December 17, 2012 4:12 pm

    Russ, the NETS is my favorite translation of the Septuagint — it can be improved in many ways, but I know of nothing better. One of the best features about it is that you can read it for free online.

  3. December 18, 2012 11:16 am

    No Christmas sale on Codex Vaticanus facsimile. Wonder if there’s an installment plan?

  4. December 18, 2012 12:59 pm

    Well, that Vaticanus is a limited edition that is pretty fancy. If you want to see photos of it along with a description, look here:

    This is not a matter of merely printing color photographs of the codex: the facsimile reproduces the very form of the pages of the original manuscript, right down to the distinctive individual shape of each page, including every hole in the vellum.

    .

    Brill/Eerdmans also published a rather nice facsimile of the Leningrad Codex that I use all the time (but is now out of print).

    I should have mentioned that there is a companion volume to the Sinaiticus: Codex Sinaiticus: The Story of the World’s Oldest Bible. It is well illustrated.

  5. December 18, 2012 1:19 pm

    Hoping Logos’ Lexham English Septuagint gets released for free in bible software like the SBL Greek NT and Lexham English Bible. The more Septuagint tools, the better.

  6. December 18, 2012 1:25 pm

    I don’t suggest wagering money on a free release!

  7. Russ permalink
    December 18, 2012 1:27 pm

    That was funny!
    :)

  8. December 18, 2012 2:49 pm

    As a good Southern Baptist I don’t gamble. I don’t dance either, but that’s more because I’m so bad a dancer.

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