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    Story Highlights
    - Handwritten Codex Sinaiticus is more than 1,600 years old
    - Includes two books not part of official New Testament
    - Discovered in a monastery in Sinai desert in Egypt more than 160 years ago
    - Scholar named Constantine Tischendorf recognized its significance in 1844

    LONDON, England (CNN) -- The world's oldest known Christian Bible goes online Monday -- but the 1,600-year-old text doesn't match the one you'll find in churches today.

    Discovered in a monastery in the Sinai desert in Egypt more than 160 years ago, the handwritten Codex Sinaiticus includes two books that are not part of the official New Testament and at least seven books that are not in the Old Testament.

    The New Testament books are in a different order, and include numerous handwritten corrections -- some made as much as 800 years after the texts were written, according to scholars who worked on the project of putting the Bible online. The changes range from the alteration of a single letter to the insertion of whole sentences.

    And some familiar -- very important -- passages are missing, including verses dealing with the resurrection of Jesus, they said.

    Juan Garces, the British Library project curator, said it should be no surprise that the ancient text is not quite the same as the modern one, since the Bible has developed and changed over the years.

    "The Bible as an inspirational text has a history," he told CNN.

    "There are certainly theological questions linked to this," he said. "Everybody should be encouraged to investigate for themselves."

    I saw that the other day. I'm totally enthralled.


      Originally posted by Le Type Fran├žais View Post
      And some familiar -- very important -- passages are missing, including verses dealing with the resurrection of Jesus, they said.
      I wish the article listed the missing passages. Codex Sinaiticus, Luke 24:1-12:
      24:1 But on the first of the week, very early in the morning, they came to the sepulcher, bringing the spices that they had prepared.

      2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher;

      3 but entering, they found not the body of the Lord Jesus.

      4 And it came to pass as they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in bright clothing

      5 and the women being afraid and bowing their faces to the earth the angels said to them: Why see among the dead for him that lives?

      6 He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he spoke to you while he was yet in Galilee,

      7 saying of the Son of man that he must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and rise on the third day.

      8 And they remembered his words,

      9 and returned from the sepulcher and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.

      10 And they were Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James; and the rest with them told these things to the apostles.

      11 And these words appeared in their sight as idle tales, and they believed them not.

      12 But Peter arose and ran to the sepulcher, and stooping down, he saw the linen clothes lying by themselves; and he departed, wondering in himself at that which had come to pass.'s worse than we thought. it turns out the people at the white house are not secret muslims, they're nerds.


        Wait what...? are you saying the New Internation Version Bible isn't the literal word of God?!?!?