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Library of the Deir al-Surian in the News

VIA Paleojudaica: Egypt's Mysterious Monastery Hides Ancient Secrets by Teresa Levonian Cole in Spear's Magazine (made available here via AINA. Among the many finds at Deir al-Surian (the Monastery of the Syrians) is the earliest manuscript witness to the Infancy … Continue reading

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Book Note: Thomas Wayment, The Text of the New Testament Apocrypha

One of the titles I mentioned in my SBL Diary back in November (and deserving of more attention) is Thomas A. Wayment’s The Text of the New Testament Apocrypha (100-400 CE) (London: T&T Clark, 2013). Wayment, an Associate Professor of … Continue reading

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Manuscript Images of Gospel of Peter/Apocalypse of Peter Online

Jim Davila provided a link on his blog Paleojudaica to images from the 6-9th century Greek manuscript containing fragments of the Gospel of Peter and Apocalypse of Peter. The images can be viewed HERE.

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A New Library for St. Catherine’s Monastery

St. Catherine's Monastery is getting a new library and working to digitize its entire collection. Read about it HERE. My favourite part of the article: “You wait so long you want to see some action,” says Father Justin, who can’t … Continue reading

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60 Minutes on the Vatican Library

The Christmas broadcast of 60 minutes featured a short piece on the Vatican Library. Watch it HERE.Earlier this year they did a longer documentary on the monasteries (and libraries) of Mount Athos (HERE).

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Nag Hammadi Library Images On-line

1 Courtesy of April DeConick's The Forbidden Gospels blog, here is the LINK to the Claremont College's Digital Library for on-line images of the Nag Hammadi Library. Not all pages are represented here, and I'm not aware of plans to … Continue reading

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Mount Athos on 60 Minutes

Anyone interested in researching manuscripts, particularly Greek manuscripts, will have heard of Mount Athos, an isolated Greek peninsula that houses a number of monasteries. It is rare for television cameras to be allowed access to the area, but 60 Minutes … Continue reading

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Detecting a Gospel Forgery

There is an interesting article on the Friends of CSNTM (Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts) page on the recent uncovering of a forged NT manuscript (HERE). I don't know, though–let's see, it was written on one side … Continue reading

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Searching for Syriac Manuscripts

In my neverending work on the Infancy Gospel of Thomas, I have begun the process of collating copies of the Life of Mary edited by E. A. W. Budge over a century ago. Some of the manuscripts, however, are quite … Continue reading

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The Sisters of Sinai

I have just finished reading Janet Soskice’s popularization of the discovery of the famous Sinai palimpsest by Agnes Smith Lewis and Margaret Smith Gibson (The Sisters of Sinai: How Two lady Adventurers Discovered the Hidden Gospels. New York: Alfred A. … Continue reading

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Manuscripts from the Deir al-Surian Monastery

A story is making the rounds of the blogging world of a manuscript discovery from the Deir al-Surian monastery in Egypt. The story (found HERE) focuses on the recovery of a missing page of a codex housed at the British … Continue reading

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Online Syriac Manuscript Catalogues

Roger Pearse at Thoughts on Antiquity drew my attention to recent additions of on-line manuscript catalogues to the Syriac Studies Reference Library. This information is very useful to those of us who study Syriac apocryph–myself included, as I continue my … Continue reading

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Old Georgian Palimpsest of Protevangelium of James

I discussed a few weeks ago the topic of palimpsests in CA studies. Anyone interested in the topic may want to see the recent publication J. Gippert, Palimpsest Codex Vindobonensis georgicus 2 (Monumenta Palaeographica Medii Aevi: Series Ibero et Caucasia. … Continue reading

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Technology and the Book

While we're on the topic of technology and manuscripts, take a look at this video currently making the rounds on the internet (sorry, I don't know how to embed the video in this post). It is a skit from a … Continue reading

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Deciphering Christian Apocrypha Palimpsests

Recently I finished reading Reviel Netz’s and William Noel’s The Archimedes Codex: Revealing the Secrets of the World’s Greatest Palimpsest. The book details the acquisition of a thirteenth-century Christian prayer book that contains, as its underwriting, several works by the … Continue reading

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