This blog deals with manuscripts and the languages, literature, scholarship, and history of (especially but not exclusively Christian) culture in the Middle East. I (Adam C. McCollum) serve as lead cataloger of Eastern Christian manuscripts at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML), Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota. HMML is a repository of microfilms and (since 2003) high-quality digital images of several thousands of manuscripts in — as far as Eastern Christianity is concerned — Arabic, Armenian, Syriac, and Gǝʿǝz from collections in churches, monasteries, and libraries in Ethiopia, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, and elsewhere in the Middle East, along with more in European languages from western collections. HMML has entered into agreements with the owners of these manuscripts 1. to preserve them against destruction, theft, etc., and 2. to make them more accessible for scholars to study. I and a few others are involved in cataloging this vast and ever growing collection, the result of which work is freely available at HMML’s online catalog, Oliver. Enquiries about our collections are encouraged!
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