Tuesday, December 25, 2012

REVELATION 3:14 AND TRI{3}NITARIAN BIBLE MSS TAMPERING

More textual tampering in behalf of the Tri{3}nity doctrine at Revelation 3:14:

 

CODEX SINAITICUS (circa. Middle 4th Century C.E.): “...A handful of singular readings in Sinaiticus make a Christological contribution to the reading of the text. These readings improve the image of Jesus in a substantial way and appear to be consonant with fourth century concerns over the nature of the Son. Such readings include Revelation 3:14, where the scribes alter the universally attested title for Jesus as the “beginning of the creation of God” Gk., ( ἡ ἀρχὴ τῆς κτίσεως τοῦ θεοῦ ) to the “beginning of the church of God” Gk., ( ἡ ἀρχὴ τῆς ἐκκλησίας τοῦ θεοῦ ) – a move that eradicates any notion that Jesus might be on par with the created order{33}...” - (Page 348, Scripture and Traditions: Essays on Early Judaism and Christianity "In Honor of Carl R. Holladay” ; SUPPLEMENTS TO NOVUM TESTAMENTUM 129, By Carl R. Holladay, Patrick Gray, Gail R. O'Day 2008.)
[FOOTNOTE 33]: The problem with the original wording of Rev. 3:14, which may be deduced from the nature of the scribal change, coupled with our knowledge of known controversies in the fourth century, is that the title, Gk., ( ἡ ἀρχὴ τῆς κτίσεως τοῦ θεοῦ ), appears to lend itself far too easily to an understanding of the Son as a “creature”. One only need observe how remarkably similar the formal features of Christ's title in Rev. 3:14 are to the description of Wisdom's origin in Prov. 8:22 – one of the key Christological texts at the center of the “Arian” controversy.

Gk., ( ἡ ἀρχὴ τῆς κτίσεως τοῦ θεοῦ )

Changed to:

Gk., ( ἡ ἀρχὴ τῆς ἐκκλησίας τοῦ θεοῦ ) 





 For other Pictures of the Codex Sinaiaticus itself see the link below. Use the arrows and magnification tools to soom in.

Revelation, 3:5 – 4:8 library: BL folio: 326b scribe: A

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