Papyri Online

What’s New in Papyrology shared two links yesterday. One was to the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts, which has images of many important papyrus fragments of the New Testament available online.  The other has transcriptions of a number of manuscripts of the Gospel of John. [Read more...]

Syriac Manuscripts from the Vatican Library Online

The Center for the Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts at Brigham Young University announced that a large number of additional Syriac manuscripts in the Vatican Library are now available in digital form online. Click through for a list of the manuscripts with details about what each one is. [Read more...]

Scribes with Knives

The British Library blog has a number of images of medieval scribes at work, with some commentary explaining the tools they used and other aspects of what is depicted. While the development of the writing desk does seem to represent a difference between them and their more ancient predecessors, there are still aspects of their [Read More...]

Bart Ehrman on the Gospel of Judas

Bart Ehrman gave the lecture above at a very strange place. In the YouTube sidebar, it recommended another lecture Ehrman gave at the Getty Museum:   [Read more...]

The Biblical-Monastic @ Sign

Via IO9 I learned that Wired has an interesting piece about the probable monastic scribal origin of the @ sign, as a way of indicating “at” (whether in English or another language). It seems th@ monks beg@ this bit of shorthand – in the Biblical sense.   [Read more...]

The Book of Kells Online

The Library of Trinity College Dublin has made the entire Book of Kells available online! If you like that, you’ll probably like this Anglo-Saxon Psalter in the French National Library too!     [Read more...]

Comparison and Collation of Mandaean Texts

The second paper this morning was by Tania Notarius, and is on the relationship between a variety of overlapping and partially-overlapping manuscripts we have, each of which is a compilation of smaller collections of individual magical incantations, together with explanations for how to use them. Often these sorts of things were copied by scribes who [Read More...]

The King James Version: Better Than The Originals?

Stuff Fundies Like shared the above image. At first I thought it must be satire. But apparently not…   [Read more...]

Blame the Copyeditor

From Scenes from a Multiverse. The view of how Christians view the Old Testament is at best a caricature. But the cartoon does nicely poke fun at those who would speak of the inerrancy of “original autographs” that we no longer have, simply to be able to assert that the Bible was once inerrant (and [Read More...]

Grants for Cataloging Eastern Christian Manuscripts

The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) announces grants available for cataloging work in its eastern Christian collections in Arabic/Garšūnī, Armenian, Old Church Slavonic, and Syriac. These grants are funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Many of these collections are greatly understudied and catalogers thus have prime opportunities for new and further research, as [Read More...]

A Romanian Smuggler of Dead Sea Scrolls?

The Romanian news outlet Adevărul is reporting that a Romanian citizen has been apprehended attempting to cross the border between Switzerland and Italy with a stash of Dead Sea Scrolls of great value. Which scrolls they are, whether they are authentic, and where they were obtained remain to be determined. Swiss police are said to [Read More...]


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