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Constantine Tischendorf (1815-1874) was certainly one of the most prodigiously productive scholars of his or any other time.  He was (and remains) also a figure of controversy, claim and counter-claim.  In a new book on Tischendorf (and released in anticipation of the 200th anniversary of his birth on 18 January), Stanley Porter gives a short biography and an appreciative assessment of the man and his scholarly work:  Constantine Tischendorf:  The Life and Work of a 19th Century Bible Hunter (London:  Bloomsbury, 2015).

Tischendorf is most famous (and controversial) for his discovery and publication of a manuscript found in the St. Catherine Monastery that is likely the oldest manuscript of a complete Christian Bible (of „Old Testament” and New Testament):  Codex Sinaiticus (most of it now housed in the British Library, London; see the link here).  But in addition he produced a huge body of other scholarly work, including the several…

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