"mouldered by time" - a big lie about the 1844 theft

Steven Avery

"mouldered by time" - a big lie about the 1844 theft

The leaves are beautiful, still today.

This lie from Tischendorf is in hundreds of books.

sister thread

Pure Bible Forum
CFA claimed to be among torn and tattered fragments
"in abjectis lacerorum voluminum reliquiis"

When Were our Gospels Written - (1867)

In English, in 1872

(also tawny)

Law magazine and review: a quarterly review of jurisprudence, Volume 1 (1872)
VII.—Mr. Forsyth's Lecture on Ancient MSS

A History of Ancient Manuscripts: a Lecture delivered in the Hall of the Inner Temple.
By William Forsyth, Esq., Q.C., LL. D., Treasurer of the Inn,
and printed at the request of the Masters of the Bench.
London: John Murray, Albemavle Street. 1872.

Longer version:

History of Ancient Manuscripts: A Lecture Delivered in the Hall of the Inner Temple (1872)
William Forsyth
Sinaiticus section begins


William Forsyth (1812-1899)


Steven Avery

the fix is in

I knew that I held in ray hand the most precious Biblical treasure in existence—a document whose age and importance exceeded that of all the manuscripts which I had ever examined during twenty years’ study of the subject. - p. 428
No need to test anything, to compare, to be concerned about other theories or forgery.

Steven Avery

Alexandrinus per William Forsyth

The great age of the MS. has, in parts, caused the characters to fade to such a degree that they cannot be read without the aid of lens and in a strong light, and the ferruginous nature of the ink has caused an infinite number of minute holes in the parchment, which give it the appearance of lace work. The first few pages are missing, and the existing MS. commences with the 6tli verse of the 25th chapter of St. Matthew. There is no regular division of words, and the punctuation is, to a great extent, arbitrary, and there are neither accents nor aspirates. It exhibits traces of varieties of penmanship, as though it had been transcribed by different hands, and it is the opinion of eminent critics that it was copied from several manuscripts, each containing a portion of the original text.
It is a good thing for Sinaiticus that it is not an ancient ms!