Originally posted by LucidDreamer85
Maybe it does not contain all the books or parts of the books because they did not exist at that time and were made up later?
The reason I doubt that is because parts of the books not included in the codex (Exodus, II Chronicles, etc.) have been cited in other works that
predate the codex. Examples: The early church fathers (New Testament), the Dead Sea Scrolls (Old Testament), etc. So we know the books themselves at
least existed. Since you can see some of the books of the codex are fragmentary, it's more likely that they simply didn't preserve well.
As for the missing fragments, we'd have to have more info. Like the DSS's, we only have fragments preserved from certain books as well due to
decomposition since the papyrus was organic material and they don't last forever. We can always resort to 'But what if!?!' in the case of missing
I'm sure there are some legitimate differences and changes, though, so I'm not trying to say the Bible is 100% unchanged (since it's a known fact
there are discrepancies). However, that again is something Christians are already aware of but this article is trying to make it sound like it's a
breaking conspiracy. There will be certain characters, words, or sentences that are different but they don't change the theology or teaching at
For instance, even in one of the most famous examples, Mark, it is still very obvious in the cut-off ending that Jesus arose from the tomb and it is
stated 'He is risen' even though the oldest manuscripts stop at that point. So there have been changes. Or there some differences between the
Vulgate's OT and the Septuagint, as another example. None of them change the theology.
Hopefully the site will get a little faster once they tweak some things so we can learn more. At first I thought all the books were included but after
looking at some more pages, I see some books like Exodus were missing.
And I cannot speak for the OT but I know it has been said that something like 98% of the NT has been reproduced in the works of the ECF's that
predate the codex. Not sure if those statistics are accurate though since they have been disputed, mainly due to the fact writings in antiquity were
not cited by chapter and verse like they are in modern times.
At this point, it would only be relegated to a 'What if.'
So this find really doesn't unsettle a knowledgeable Christian and they appear, in my honest opinion, to have some sort of agenda here. I'm more
interested in the Islamic prophecies that state the Mahdi will allegedly discover Jewish and Christian texts that prove our religions false.
[edit on 7/6/2009 by AshleyD]