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As far as Codex Sinaiticus is concerned, several hands made the original copy, but the text has
been revised by a number of correctors. Dr Scrivener, who was part of the Committee that produced
the 19th century Revised Version and who disagreed strongly with the ideas of Westcott and Hort
(see below), wrote of Sinaiticus:
"...the occurrence of so many different styles of handwriting, apparently due to penmen removed
from each other by centuries, which deform by their corrections every page of this venerable-looking
Its New Testament text is close to the text of Codex Vaticanus and both together are the chief source
for the so-called Neutral Text. This is a deceptive misnomer. The text is by no means neutral and it
is far more truthful and revealing to call it by the name it merits - the Minority text.
"...covered with such alterations, brought in by at least ten different revisers, some of them
systematically spread over every page."
At the beginning of the fourth century, the great controversy arose which divided the church in
Alexandria, when Arius promoted teachings about Jesus which denied His Deity and His perfect
humanity. No wonder that sects like the so-called Jehovah's Witnesses, who also deny Christ's
Deity, are more likely to favour modern translations. Whilst the NIV is an improvement on versions
like the Good News Bible and the New English Bible, (and certainly on that one man's
paraphrase-interpretation called the Living Bible), it is still based on those corrupt texts.
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