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The Bible is in Bits?

This story on the BBC website should, I feel, really be entitled,

"The rival to Religion."

The rival to the Bible
Sunday October 5, 2008

What is probably the oldest known Bible is being digitised, reuniting its scattered parts for the first time since its discovery 160 years ago. It is markedly different from its modern equivalent. What's left out?
The world's oldest surviving Bible is in bits.
For 1,500 years, the Codex Sinaiticus lay undisturbed in a Sinai monastery, until it was found - or stolen, as the monks say - in 1844 and split between Egypt, Russia, Germany and Britain.
the Codex contains two extra books in the New Testament.
One is the little-known Shepherd of Hermas, written in Rome in the 2nd Century - the other, the Epistle of Barnabas. This goes out of its way to claim that it was the Jews, not the Romans, who killed Jesus, and is full of anti-Semitic kindling ready to be lit. "His blood be upon us," Barnabas has the Jews cry.
The Codex - and other early manuscripts - do not mention the ascension of Jesus into heaven, and omit key references to the Resurrection, which the Archbishop of Canterbury has said is essential for Christian belief.
Other differences concern how Jesus behaved. In one passage of the Codex, Jesus is said to be "angry" as he healed a leper, whereas the modern text records him as healing with "compassion".
Also missing is the story of the woman taken in adultery and about to be stoned - until Jesus rebuked the Pharisees (a Jewish sect), inviting anyone without sin to cast the first stone.
Nor are there words of forgiveness from the cross. Jesus does not say "Father forgive them for they know not what they do".

Surely IF this 'original' full version of the text on which all forms of Jewish and Christian sects base their faith clearly sets the records straight about who did what to who.
Will the Jews collectively apologise to the Christians for their part in the 'messiah's downfall? - Should they?
And for the Christians, (without even getting into the whole 'there was never a ressurection' argument) - two key Christian 'mottoes' Let anyone without sin cast etc. & Father forgive them for they etc.

If that doesn't put a crimp in their belief in the divine origin of their tenets words, I don't know what will!
It begs the question if Jesus didn't say them,

Who penned the embellishments and why?

And further, If those entries were man-made creative-flourishes,

how many others are?

Whether you believe in the big friendly grandad or not, this codex puts the biblical cat amongst the religious pigeons.
This is one of the Too many questions
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