|St Catherine's Monastery, Mount Sinai|
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St Catherine’s Mount Sinai, is about to enter the twenty-first century by allowing scholars to read its digitalised manuscripts online.
More properly known as the Sacred and Imperial Monastery of the God-Trodden Mount of Sinai, its world-famous library is home to the second largest collection of early codices and manuscripts after the Vatican Library. St Catherine’s has also been in continuous use as a monastery for seventeen centuries, making it as ancient, if not more so, as the equally famous Monastery of St Antony, founded by the father of monasticism himself.
This Codex, which is now fragmented and housed in four separate locations, including the British Library, is the world’s oldest near complete copy of the Bible – dated to the fourth century. In the 1970s further ancient codices came to light under the floor of St Catherine’s library, whilst a previously unseen fragment of the Codex Sinaiticus – containing text from the Book of Joshua – was discovered in the monastery's library during research carried out in 2009.
To read James Purtill's article, called "In St Catherine, monastery seeks permanence through technology", please visit the Egypt Independent
To visit the official website for the Sacred and Imperial Monastery of the God-Trodden Mount of Sinai, please click here.