Cataloguing

A vital part of recording the collection is the cataloguing. Two eminent scholars, Dr. Sebastian Brock of Oxford University and Prof. Lucas Van Rompay of Duke University, North Carolina, have completed work on cataloguing the Syriac collection in 2013.
On Tuesday 30 September in the boardroom of the British Library in London, The Levantine Foundation proudly launched the Catalogue of the Syriac Manuscripts and Fragments in the Library of Deir al-Surian, Wadi al-Natrum (Egypt). 
The culmination of over eight years work, the catalogue shares with the world the content of the forty eight codices and over two hundred fragments for the first time in the library history.
 
Prof. van Rompay said: “Some manuscripts turned out to contain unknown Syriac texts; others provided important new witnesses to texts already known. Since many of the Deir al-Surian manuscripts are very old – a number of them reaching back to the fifth, sixth, and seventh centuries – each manuscript is a treasure trove in its own right".
Supported by numerous images the catalogue provides us with unique in-depth information about the collection. 
 
Stephen J. Davis, Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University is currently working on the catalouging of the Coptic, Arabic and Ethiopic collections. When complete these publications will represent one of the single most important collections of early Christian literature in the world.
 
 
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