Behold the Mt. Sinai Monastery Library, which holds 4,500 partial or whole ancient manuscripts including a copy of Codex Sinaiticus and an ancient Syriac translation of the Gospels.
(These pictures used under the fair use law. I was unable to take my own pictures while I was there).
Auspices - EMEL - Early - Manuscripts - Electronic
Finally, finally through the auspices of EMEL (the Early Manuscripts Electronic Library) folks, and the library at UCLA, the vast holdings of the Sinai monastery are being digitized. The project could take ten years, but it’s already underway, focusing first on the most rare and fragile of the manuscripts. Long gone are the days when harrowing tales were told of visitors to the monastery discovering that the monks, to prevent from freezing, were using some of the manuscripts as fire starters! Yikes!!! Here is a recent article sent to me by alert reader Jim about the project….
What is the importance of this project for NT studies? Firstly it is enormously important as we try to reconstruct the original text of the...