'Tares Among the Wheat' will likely challenge what most scholars
believe about Bible history, and the origins of the current wave of
new translations that have flooded churches around the world.
Enter a mysterious world of ancient manuscripts, assailed by
forgeries, fakes, and theological intrigue of the highest order.
In the 19th century, a revolution in biblical scholarship was prompted
by the publication of a never-before-seen manuscript called Codex
Sinaiticus. The work was allegedly discovered by a German scholar
named Constantine von Tischendorf, who declared this to be the oldest
Bible ever found. Tischendorf said he found the work in a rubbish
basket at a Greek Orthodox monastery in Egypt. While many in the
academic world did not fully believe his story, they were willing to
accept his claims about the antiquity of the codex.
Yet shortly after his discovery was published, a renowned Greek
paleographer named Constantine Simonides came forward and declared
that the manuscript was no ancient text at all, but had been created
by him in 1840. The controversy surrounding these events is, perhaps,
the most incredible untold chapter in Bible history. It involves
Jesuits, the Pope, a high-minded German, a committee of Anglo
Romanists, and a mysterious Greek patriot. It is a story that (while
quite true and well documented) a vast majority of modern academics
know nothing about. Yet the subject matter dramatically impacts the
world of biblical scholarship, even to this present hour. Most of what
todays scholars believe about manuscript evidence is based on the
events of this era, and the footnotes in your Bible are the proof of
Featured experts: Dr. David Brown, Dr. Henry Hudson, Dr.
Ronald Cooke, Dr. Alan OReilly, Les Garrett, Roger Oakland, Dr. D.A.
Waite, Dr. H.D. Williams.
2 1/2 hours