The Sinai Manuscripts Digital Library is a publication of St. Catherine’s Monastery of the Sinai, Egypt, in collaboration with the UCLA Library and Early Manuscripts Electronic Library (EMEL). It hosts online the results of the Sinai Library Digitization Project, a ten-year collaborative effort to digitize the unparalleled manuscript library of St. Catherine’s Monastery.
St. Catherine’s Monastery of the Sinai preserves one of the world’s oldest continually operating libraries. It holds some 4,559 manuscript codices, with works in 13 languages written from the 4th to the 19th century. These include the New Finds, a cache of approximately 1,100 fragmentary manuscripts discovered in 1975 when monks cleared debris from an earthquake-damaged room in the north wall of the Monastery.
The Sinai Library Digitization Project is digitizing the Monastery’s manuscripts in two phases:
The project benefits from the contributions of digital imaging scientists and technicians, conservators, consulting scholars, librarians, program managers, and software designers in Greece, Egypt, the U.S., and some seven other countries. Phase One is funded by generous grants and gifts from the Ahmanson Foundation, Arcadia, the Museum of the Bible Scholar’s Initiative, and the Steinmetz Family Foundation.
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