Saturday, November 29, 2008

Codex Sinaiticus update

A session on Codex Sinaiticus at the SBL, "Virtual Codex Sinaiticus: Studying and Experiencing an Ancient Codex" included an overview of the project of digitizing the Codex by Juan Garcés, and a brief talk by Father Justin from the monastery of St Catherine's on Mount Sinai. Juan Garcés coped astonishingly well with fluctuating internet access to live images of the codex. Prof. David Parker chaired the session and Amy Myshrall's paper was read by Timothy Brown. The site is being updated constantly. The November 22 upload includes the Wisdom of Solomon, Proverbs, Sirach, and the Song of Songs. At the beginning of the Song of Songs for example, we see distinctive red letters identifying the speaker: here "he nymphe," the bride.

A conference will be held at the British Library Conference Centre, 6-7 July 2009. A number of leading experts have been approached to give presentations on the history, text, conservation, paleography and codicology, among other topics, of Codex Sinaiticus. I learnt from Prof Parker at the session that there is too much material for it to be produced on CD.

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