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Old 07-06-2009, 10:55 AM   #1
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Codex Sinaiticus as an E-Book

The world's oldest Bible has just been digitized...it's over 1600 years old! Does anyone know of a place where the entire text can be downloaded for perusal in e-book? So far I've found this site...

http://www.codexsinaiticus.org
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Probably been brought down by all the publicity, as often happens. Made the BBC News here.
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Old 07-06-2009, 11:49 AM   #4
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Do the not realize that something like this WILL cause an influx of traffic? They should have had 2-3 mirrors in place.
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Old 07-06-2009, 11:52 AM   #5
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The world's oldest Bible has just been digitized...it's over 1600 years old! Does anyone know of a place where the entire text can be downloaded for perusal in e-book? So far I've found this site...

http://www.codexsinaiticus.org
Either a very strange coincidence or you were watching the NatGeo special on this last night ;-)

I had never heard of the book until last night but found the story pretty fascinating. Though I do have to admit that my whole family burst out laughing when they introduced the one guy as a "Devil Expert". That title has to raise a few eyebrows when you go to give someone your business card.
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Old 07-06-2009, 12:02 PM   #6
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Either a very strange coincidence or you were watching the NatGeo special on this last night ;-)

I had never heard of the book until last night but found the story pretty fascinating.
There are 3 Bible versions dating back to that period. When your Bible has a footnote that something is not in, or different, in some of the oldest manuscripts this is one of the 3 Bibles they are referring to. The Vatican has one of the other versions of similar age to this one.
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Though I do have to admit that my whole family burst out laughing when they introduced the one guy as a "Devil Expert".
Hey, I think one of my father's cousins calls himself that
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I think it's intermittent. The viewing page has some very complex coding; it's a resource drain, and sometimes freezes up entirely.

There's the image, the original text, and an English translation (for parts, anyway). There is no "download the images/PDF/text files" option. It's a page-by-page viewer with data on the side.

Looks like a wonderful resource; I just wish they'd found a way to make it portable.
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I think it's intermittent. The viewing page has some very complex coding; it's a resource drain, and sometimes freezes up entirely.

There's the image, the original text, and an English translation (for parts, anyway). There is no "download the images/PDF/text files" option. It's a page-by-page viewer with data on the side.

Looks like a wonderful resource; I just wish they'd found a way to make it portable.
Considering the original book weighed 167 pounds, I'm pretty sure the would consider this to be "portable" :-)
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Old 07-06-2009, 01:02 PM   #10
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I think it's intermittent. The viewing page has some very complex coding; it's a resource drain, and sometimes freezes up entirely.

There's the image, the original text, and an English translation (for parts, anyway). There is no "download the images/PDF/text files" option. It's a page-by-page viewer with data on the side.

Looks like a wonderful resource; I just wish they'd found a way to make it portable.
So, it's not a true EBOOK.. just an online reference?
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Calling it "just" an online reference is a little hard on what will be an extremely valuable online research tool. That is its purpose - it was never intended to be an "eBook".
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Calling it "just" an online reference is a little hard on what will be an extremely valuable online research tool. That is its purpose - it was never intended to be an "eBook".
Oh, i agree that this is a great thing. and very valuable, esp to those in the religious field, such as priests, pastors, and other Biblical scholars and historians.

However, the websites, as well as this thread title, are touting it as an 'ebook', which, to me, implies that I can download it and store it in my reader.

However great and valuable an asset this online document proves to be, it is still an online reference, and not an ebook. That was my only point.
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Considering the original book weighed 167 pounds, I'm pretty sure the would consider this to be "portable" :-)
This is accessible (and a wonderful thing that is), and while I suppose a laptop with web access is more portable than the original, it'd be nice if they either made the images & translations available, or combined the whole thing into a program, the way that Celestia is.
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This is accessible (and a wonderful thing that is), and while I suppose a laptop with web access is more portable than the original, it'd be nice if they either made the images & translations available, or combined the whole thing into a program, the way that Celestia is.
Almost of the modern translations have consulted this and the other two ancient manuscripts and incorporated them into their documents. Will all the fuss for eBooks of this document how many of you can really read 4th century Greek? (not modern Greek) This is not a book to read, it is a manuscript to study if you have the background to do it.

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Still slow... but accessible now. For a work such as this, I think this is not the worst way of presenting it. It couldn't work without high quality images of the pages, and that would not work very well on the average e-ink screen reader device. I'm sure that the access issue will work itself out in a few days, when the news interest dies down. I think the Europeana suffered from the same kind of news interest - at least to some degree.
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