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    "... the codex also was cleaned with lemon-juice, professedly for the purpose of cleaning its parchments, but in reality in order to weaken the freshness of the letters, as was actually the case."
    Kallininikos Hieromonachos - letter from Alexandria, Oct 15, 1862
    Journal of Sacred Literature p. 212 - April, 1863
    The Codex Sinaiticus and its Antiquity
    M. Simonides
    https://books.google.com/books?id=kR82AAAAMAAJ&pg=PA212
    https://archive.org/stream/journalsa.../n225/mode/2up


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    "much altered, having an older appearance than it ought to have"
    Simonides, per his 1852 visit
    Journal of Sacred Literature - April, 1863
    Letter from William A. Wright, Dec 5, 1862
    https://books.google.com/books?id=kR82AAAAMAAJ&pg=PA214
    https://archive.org/stream/journalsa.../n229/mode/2up

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    “Mr. Bradshaw’s very proper and natural query – ‘How is it possible that a MS. written beautifully, and with no intention to deceive, in 1840, should in 1862 present so ancient an appearance?’ I answer simply thus: The MS. had been systematically tampered with, in order to give it an ancient appearance, as early as 1852, when, as I have already stated, it had an older appearance than it ought to have had …”
    Simonides in The Guardian, Jan. 28, 1863, answered a question posed by Henry Bradshaw:
    Journal of Sacred Literature - July 1863
    Constantine Simonides, published in the Guardian Feb 4, 1963
    https://books.google.com/books?id=kR82AAAAMAAJ&pg=PA485


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    I know too, still further, that the same Codex was cleaned, with a solution of herbs, on the theory that the skins might be cleaned, but, in fact, that the writing might be changed, as it was, to a sort of yellow colour.
    Kallinikos:
    The Literary Churchman, Dec. 16, 1862
    Codex Sinaiticus & the Simonides Affair by J.K. Elliott, p. 77


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    "The manuscript had been cleaned with lemon-juice, professedly for the purpose of washing the vellum, but, in reality, to weaken the freshness of the letters."

    The Christian Remembrancer, interprets Simonides:
    (Codex Sinaiticus & the Simonides Affair by J.K. Elliott, p. 78)

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    This is a third-party off-shoot of the first quote.

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    Last edited by Steven Avery; 09-19-2018 at 06:41 AM.

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    For a shorter posting of just the quotes, and pointing to this page:

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    In the early 1860s, it was stated very clearly what had occurred, that you can see today very easily thanks to the superb photography efforts of the Codex Sinaiticus Project of 2009.

    "the codex also was cleaned with lemon-juice, professedly for the purpose of cleaning its parchments, but in reality in order to weaken the freshness of the letters, as was actually the case."
    "much altered, having an older appearance than it ought to have"
    “Mr. Bradshaw’s very proper and natural query – ‘How is it possible that a MS. written beautifully, and with no intention to deceive, in 1840, should in 1862 present so ancient an appearance?’ I answer simply thus: The MS. had been systematically tampered with, in order to give it an ancient appearance, as early as 1852, when, as I have already stated, it had an older appearance than it ought to have had …”
    I know too, still further, that the same Codex was cleaned, with a solution of herbs, on the theory that the skins might be cleaned, but, in fact, that the writing might be changed, as it was, to a sort of yellow colour."
    "The manuscript had been cleaned with lemon-juice, professedly for the purpose of washing the vellum, but, in reality, to weaken the freshness of the letters."
    This page archived at:

    Pure Bible Forum
    Sinaiticus - white parchment 1844 Leipzig CFA - yellow streaky 1859 Sinaiticus
    the early 1860s references to the colouring of the manuscript
    http://www.purebibleforum.com/showth...ighlight=herbs


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    Last edited by Steven Avery; 09-19-2018 at 06:48 AM.

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