Scholar refutes claim Bible was changed

A recent BBC program “The Beauty of Books: Ancient Bibles” concluded that the church deliberately introduced thousands of changes into the New Testament for theological reasons. Did the church engage in a plot to alter its theology early in its history, as some conspiracy theorists allege? 

Scott McKendrick of the British Library with Codex Sinaiticus


“Similar statements have been made before in the media and we believe that they are highly misleading,” says Dr. David Instone-Brewer, a research fellow at Tyndale House, a Bible study center for scholars located near Cambridge University. 

The first half of the program was about Codex Sinaiticus, the oldest Bible bound in a single volume, made about AD 350. “Codex Sinaiticus is a marvelous manuscript because it contains the oldest full text of the New Testament on top-quality material, produced at great expense,” notes Instone-Brewer. 
Scribes put dots over letters instead of deleting them
The program questioned the large number of corrections visible in the manuscript. “The 23,000 corrections may seem surprising, and the program concluded that these had a theological agenda,” Instone-Brewer says.  The program examined two noteworthy examples, both in the Book of Mark. In Mark 1:1 the first verse adds ‘Son of God’ as a ‘correction’, and another verse ends with ‘for they were afraid.’ 

The documentary concluded that the phrase ‘Son of God’ in Mark 1.1 was missing from the original Gospel and that Mark believed that Jesus became divine at his baptism. But Instone-Brewer disagrees.

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