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Tischendorf, Constantin Von (1815–1874)

  1. Glen L. Thompson

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0766

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Thompson, G. L. 2011. Tischendorf, Constantin Von (1815–1874). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Born to German Lutherans in Saxony, Tischendorf studied at the University of Leipzig under the famous Greek grammarian G. B. Winer, earning his doctorate in 1838. Inspired by the studies of Lachmann, he soon became mesmerized by New Testament manuscripts. Obtaining a university lectureship in 1840, he remained on the faculty at Leipzig for the rest of his life, but increasingly devoted himself to research rather than teaching. His lifelong goal was to defend the authenticity of the New Testament by establishing its original text on the basis of the earliest surviving manuscripts.


  • Greek new testament;
  • St. Catherine’s monastery, mount sinai;
  • sinaiticus