School of Theology and Seminary Faculty Publications

Yours, Mine, or Theirs? Historical Observations on the Use, Collection, and Sharing of Manuscripts in Western Europe and the Christian Orient

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Arts and Humanities | Christianity | Cultural History | History | History of Christianity | History of Religion | Religion


Many of you readers of this Festschrift are well-acquainted with the history and often tragic fate of particular manuscript collections, as well as with the questionable circumstances in which important western collections of manuscripts from the Christian Orient were formed. A review of that history and a consideration of the present situation of church-held manuscript collections in the Christian Orient (and the risks they face), can inform present-day efforts to strengthen the bond between those communities and their manuscripts, while finding ways to make such collections more accessible to the broad scholarly community.