Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Book of Kells Online!

Cool stuff.  The Book of Kells is one of the treasures of Ireland, and in fact of the literary world.  Now it's online.  You can go directly to the online display here.  Ah, I love ancient manuscripts.  I studied biblical Greek in seminary and took extra seminars and classes on the development of the Greek New Testament.  Bruce Metzger was my main source of inspiration,  and I used to spend hours poring over the tables and some of the actual manuscripts we had in our school's biblical museum.  I was always partial to Greek uncial script, and at one time had quite the set of resources for meandering through the Greek texts.  I also loved cataloging the chronology of the parchment fragments and manuscripts currently in our possession    I was never adept enough to just whip out a Greek text and read with the ease of an English version, but I wasn't bad with a lexicon nearby.

I'd like to have the ability to read the Latin in the same way.  Right now, I can't imagine learning it if there's not going to be a reason.  But someday, down the road  you never know.

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