(These pictures used under the fair use law. I was unable to take my own pictures while I was there).
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….
But don’t hold your breath waiting for these archives to magically appear on the web. The first documents are scheduled to show up this Fall, but the real importance of the holdings of Mt Sinai monastery will not be known or fully assessed for years. In the meantime, pray that this project continues unto completion without money running out and without terroristic interference.