Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Codex Climaci Rescriptus Update

Codex Climaci Rescriptus (which did not sell at Auction last year, see here and here for the history and further details) has now been sold and looks like it is heading for a Bible Museum in Dallas (see Jim Davila's post here). It is a sad day for manuscript studies in Cambridge of course, although not necessarily a sad day for the manuscript itself, since it is not difficult to imagine that the codex itself will be cared for better in Dallas than it was in Cambridge. It will be interesting to see what Westminster College sells off next (the Sisters of Sinai probably have a few more treasures tucked away).

Up-date: More on the Bible Museum here and (14th June 2010) here (the bit about a second century NT papyrus seems unlikely).

5 Comments:

Darrell said...

If it is headed to Dallas, one wonders how long it will take for it to be photographed by the CSNTM.

Anonymous said...

Anybody know which "biblical papyri" are likely to be in the proposed Bible museum

Matthew Hamilton

Christian Askeland said...

Houston already has a Bible museum. Ideally, they could put all these treasures under one roof. I also like the idea of having the museum linked to an educational institution.

Anonymous said...

Web surfing I've come across a very recent claim by Scott Carroll - who was previously linked to the Van Kampen Collection - that the collection includes a 2nd century papyrus of Psalms, but no MS is specifically mentioned and no other "biblical papyri" are mentioned.
Also found on the web regarding this collection:
(1)the total amount spent so far on acquiring MSS is in the order of $300 million, and it seems this amount was spent recently
(2) the collection includes Dead Sea Scrolls, with David Green claiming "We've got more scrolls than anybody in the United States" - this would suggest frgs. of more than 5 scrolls.

Don't know how reliable the sources on the web are.

Matthew Hamilton

Tommy Wasserman said...

The people who at least used to be in charge of the Van Kampen collection also claimed they had a ninth-century Gospel codex! Metzger was allowed to examine it, and dated it much later. It has now been photographed, and eventually after many years registered as Greg.-Aland 2860. According to the Liste it is dated to the 11th century. Read more about that here: http://evangelicaltextualcriticism.blogspot.com/2009/01/csntm-photographs-van-kampen-collection.html