Biblical Manuscripts of the Monastery of St. Shenoute the Archimandrite

Gawdat Gabra and Hany N. Takla

in Christianity and Monasticism in Upper Egypt

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9789774161223
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970450 | DOI:
Biblical Manuscripts of the Monastery of St. Shenoute the Archimandrite

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This chapter deals primarily with the survey of the published biblical manuscripts that came from the library of the Monastery of St. Shenoute. In addition to the history and the state of research on the subject, it concludes briefly on the extent and the character of this part of the collection. Based on manuscript evidence identified so far, it addresses the role that the Fayoum area may have played in shaping the contents of the library. For more than two centuries scores of scholars have contributed to identifying and publishing the remains of the biblical codices of this once great library. However, without the recent labors and publications of P. Nagel, Franz J. Schmitz, Karlheinz Schüssler, and Tito Orlandi, the study presented here would have been nearly impossible to prepare in the short period of time it took.

Keywords: Shenoute; biblical manuscripts; Fayoum; library

Chapter.  4677 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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