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  1. Default 'medieval' correctors D and E

    A number of markings and corrections were called "medieval" and assigned to correctors D and E.

    "Later and unimportant correction hands are D and E" - Dirk Jongkind​

    "The medieval D and E correctors are of slight importance." - Skeat & Milne
    Corrector D is dated by Tischendorf to the 8th or 9th century, E to the 12th. However, these are Tischendorf dates, so they are not really based on anything substantive. We will look at a few of the spots here.


    Scrivener never saw the manuscript, so he gives us the info from the Tischendorf publication.

    A full Collation of the Codex Sinaiticus with the received text of the New Textament (1864)

    "Whose style bespeaks the 8th or 9th century ... D" - p. xxv

    E appears but three times in the New Testament, and seems fully as late as the twelfth century. - p. xxv

    "corrections .. those indicated by D and E look very black, as in Tischendorf’s Facsimiles" - p. xxxi
    Corrector E places the word "God" in 1 Timothy 3:16. "God was manifest in the flesh." ...

  2. Default Scrivener on Correctors D and E


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  3. Default 1 Timothy 3:16 - manuscript and facsimile

    This is an incredibly important variant.

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    There are many spots that are considered 4th century where the ink is just as black.

    Scrivener shows the facsimile from Tischendorf.

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    1 Timothy 3:16
    And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:
    God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit,
    seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles,
    believed on in the world, received up into glory.

  4. Default Corrector E - Matthew 19:3

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    Acts 3:13

    This is the third and last given to E

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    2. The Majuscule Manuscripts of the New Testament
    David C. Parker

    The scarcity of medieval corrections and marginalia is a further indication that majuscules were little used during this period. Codex Sinaiticus has a couple of medieval corrections.14

    14 There are three corrections in the NT: at Matt 19:3:1 Tim 3:16: and Acts 3:13 (and there is one in Proverbs). There are a few pious notes, and some Arabic glosses, notably one that may be dated between 1453 and 1492. See and David C. Parker, Codex Sinaiticus: The Story of the World’s Oldest Bible (London: The British Library; Peabody: Hendrickson, 2010).
    Certainly there are Greek marginal notes which indicate that it was in a environment, while the presence of several comments in Arabic also suggests a setting consonant with St Catherine's. p. 3

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