Wednesday, June 15, 2011

More Examples of Bad Record Keeping at Monastic Libraries

I love it when the promoters of the hoax hypothesis claim that the monks at Mar Saba had perfect knowledge of all the books at the library. There can be no doubt that the Greeks had no idea how many books they had in their possession here and elsewhere. There was a recent example at the Alexandrian Patriarchal library which demonstrates that Mar Saba wasn't alone in this regard. I was also researching information about the Patriarch Callinicus III and his hometown library and came across this statement in a study of his life:

"A short list of surviving in the library of Zagora's project first saw the light of day in the year 1914 by Professor Spyridon Lambros. This list had served as the basis of shoddy record a copy catalog the library of Zagora. The list was published in the journal "Νέος Έλληνομνήμων" (New Hellinomnimon)." [ΛΙΝΑΡΙΤΑΚΗΣ ΕΜΜΑΝΟΥΗΛ. Ο ΟΙΚΟΜΕΝΙΚΟΣ ΠΑΤΡΙΑΡΧΗΣ ΚΑΛΛΙΝΙΚΟΣ Γ'(Δ')ΚΑΙ ΤΟ ΘΕΜΑ ΤΟΥ ΑΝΑΒΑΠΤΙΣΜΟΥ, Αριστοτέλειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλονίκης (ΑΠΘ) p. 3]

I believe that Vangélis Scouvaras's discovery of a handwriting that matched Mar Saba 65 comes from that library. My guess is that there are many more samples that we could use to determine if the handwriting in both documents came from the same historical individual. More to follow ...

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