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  1. Default "the parchment ... is in phenomenally good condition" - Helen Shenton


    One of the things we found is that the parchment, which is 1600 years old, is in phenomenally good condition. - Helen Shenton, 3:38.
    You can even hear an amused or astonished chuckle.

    A BBC Article on the Codex Sinaiticus
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wm4QhzhsYEo

    Today, the British Library and CSP reps tend to be a bit more guarded .


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    On the 5th of July 2009, Helen Shenton was one of only three people alive who had seen the entire Codex Sinaiticus ... Helen Shenton is Librarian and College Archivist at Trinity College Dublin.

    Collaboratories and bubbles of shush – how libraries are transforming | Helen Shenton | TEDxDublin
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHdlWQ28gE8

  2. Default "the parchment ... is in phenomenally good condition" - Helen Shenton - "only three people alive"

    The quote was questioned for context on CARM.
    And this response was placed here:
    https://forums.carm.org/vb5/forum/th...01#post5071301

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Avery
    Please be sure to look at this British Library video:

    The Codex Sinaiticus: The Oldest Surviving Christian New Testament - The Beauty of Books - BBC Four
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4Xk...NyR9M5iDjY25kg


    And remember how Helen Shenton of the British Library shared that the manuscript is in "phenomenally good condition"!
    As to the Helen Shenton comment, which was questioned as "clipped without context", that is also available online:

    A BBC article on the the Codex Sinaiticus.(2009)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wm4QhzhsYEo


    Helen Shenton is introduced at 3:35, the quote is soon after:and goes to 3:55.

    "One of the things that we found is that the parchment, which is 1600 years old, is in phenomenally good condition. It's very very, very fine parchment. The animal husbandry that there must have been in order to produce such parchment is incredible, absolutely incredible"
    The reason for the phenomenally good condition?

    Our savvy readers will know.

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    Steven Avery

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    Access became available with the Codex Sinaiticus Project, which exposed features that show that it is a modern manuscript, tampered, between 1844 and 1859.

    This is Helen Shenton as well, I recommend from 2:50 to 3:30.

    On the 5th of July 2009, I (Helen Shenton) was one of only three people alive who had seen that text, the Codex Sinaiticus, in all four locations...
    Helen Shenton is Librarian and College Archivist at Trinity College Dublin.

    Collaboratories and bubbles of shush – how libraries are transforming
    Helen Shenton - TEDxDublin
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHdlWQ28gE8

    We are often given harumphs about how the independent scholars must have seen the main two sections of Sinaiticus. There is no indication that any independent (or even non-independent) textual or palaeographic scholars has had access to the two main sections, and compared even the simplest of features, the colour. Nor have they commented on the suppleness, the "phenomenally good condition", the lack of oxidation and foxing, and other elements that would raise the issue of the actual age of the manuscript.

    As far as we can tell, the scholars have worked off the tampered facsimile of Tischendorf, and the 2010 Hendricksen Sinaiticus facsimile book also had the colour "smoothed" to hide the distinction of the CFA from the larger section.

    No printed book can ever show you the suppleness of the manuscript. That is why we also recommend viewing the video of the pages being turned, lightly and simply, put out by the British Library.

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    Steven Avery

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