Proto-Christian Gothic Bible
Codex Argenteus facsimile online, Uppsala University Library
PART IThough I deleted my last post, on the origins and character of the Goths who invaded the Roman Empire - it contained an argument which is not strictly relevant to my history - I must return to Goths and their religion, termed by religious historians as 'Arian Christianity'.
The Codex Argenteus (Latin for "Silver Book/Codex"), is a 6th-century manuscript, originally containing bishop Ulfilas's 4th century translation of the Bible into the Gothic language.According to the textual tradition:
Ulfilas (c. 311–383),[Van Kerckvoorde, Colette M. (June 1993). An Introduction to Middle Dutch. Walter de Gruyter. p. 105.] also known as Ulphilas and Orphila, all Latinized forms of Wulfila (Gothic:lit. "Little Wolf"),[Bennett, William H. An Introduction to the Gothic Language, 1980, p. 23] was a Goth of Cappadocian Greek descent who served as a bishop and missionary, translated the Bible, and participated in the Arian controversy.However, examination of this Gothic bible shows us that it also uses the sacred abbreviations as used in all the early manuscripts termed 'Early Christian'. For example:
As the Gothic Bible above is 6th century, we may therefore say with some certitude that "Chrest" had not yet been changed to "Christ" and Christianity had thus yet to appear. We also have the working proposition that "Arian Christianity" is, as I've been claiming for some years now, Chrestianity.
It is this change - if nothing else - which forced the production of the Christan textual tradition, which (a) had to hide Chrestianity and (b) insert Christianity into our history of the Roman Empire. This is how all the manuscripts and other written records of Empire had to be collected and hidden, or destroyed by the Roman Church.