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Monks in Egypt's Lawless Sinai Hope to Preserve An Ancient Library

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Just as they have done for 17 centuries, the Greek Orthodox monks of St. Catherine's Monastery in Egypt's Sinai desert and the local Jabaliya Bedouins worked together to protect the monastery when the 2011 revolution thrust Egypt into a period

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Kit B (276)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 4:46 pm

Enough libraries have been burned over the years that monks can not be too cautious.

Freya H (356)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 5:03 pm
This is why we need repositories of knowledge and literature similar to this all over the world.

I wonder if they have any means to scan these manuscripts and preserve them in electronic form.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 5:11 pm

The community’s fears of an attack were not realized, but the monks decided they needed a new way to protect their treasured library from any future threats. Last year, they accelerated a program of digitally copying biblical scripts with the help of multispectral imaging specialists from around the world, while simultaneously renovating and modernizing the library itself. The Sinai library houses 1.8 million pages of script, including essential texts that document the early church. St. Catherine’s ranks high among the world’s preeminent Christian text collections: their Greek manuscripts are second in number only to the Vatican’s, and their hallmark Arabic and Turkish scrolls document the interaction between the monastery and the surrounding world of Islam over the centuries. The monastery’s project will create a digital library for scholars around the world.

Alan Lambert (91)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 7:10 pm
The digitization of this library is a major positive development. I'm looking forward to seeing the scholarly translations and seeing if anything from this collection conflicts with the accepted views of history.

Roger G (154)
Friday July 26, 2013, 2:39 pm
noted, thanks

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Friday July 26, 2013, 8:28 pm
Sad to see that man made problems often present a threat to historically fascinating and valuable items. Hopefully the monks can always protect this.

Kerrie G (118)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 3:29 am
Noted, thanks.

Connie O (44)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 8:52 pm
It is important to preserve and record our histories for future generations.

Connie O (44)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 8:52 pm
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