Sunday, January 01, 2012

New Year Quiz

So here are some images of places that important manuscripts come from. Identify the place and at least one manuscript from there. But only one answer each (give the others a go too!).

Number One:

Number Two:

Number Three:

Number Four:

Number Five:

Number Six:

Number Seven:

Number Eight:

Number Nine:


  1. Number 2 is Saint Catherine's Monastery.

  2. yes its realy expressive but Prorch contains a large collection of CALL FOR PAPERS journals,conferences and conference alerts.The list is updated daily for confrences and journals for free.

  3. Number 9 is Mt Athos. Among the hundreds of mss to pick from, I'll go with 051 & 052, two uncial fragments of the Apocalypse.

  4. I think Number 7 is cave 4 at Qumran. 4QMMT was found there.

    Nice quiz.

    Pete C

  5. The only ones I recognized were St. Catherines and The Qumran cave.

    On a different topic, can anyone tell me for sure the correct spelling of the following word?

    homoioteleuton - Spelled this way in Aland/Aland

    homoeoteleuton - Spelled this way in Metzger's NT Text, and Black's intro.

    homeoteleuton - doesn't list either of the above options, but spells it this way.

  6. The Latin oe from Greek oi is more often preserved in British English than in American English, though there are plenty of examples of 'e' in British English, e.g. 'economics'. The question really is how naturalised a particular word has become.

    I would definitely go for homoeoteleuton, but homeoteleuton can hardly be wrong because of homeopathy (but note the 'British School of Homoeopathy' at, and homoioteleuton can't be wrong because it's simply Greek. So it's a matter of personal choice, style and location. I note that homeopathy outnumbers homoeopathy by about 10 to 1 in a Google search.

    I think that word processing has made the letters œ (ethel) and æ (ash) effectively disappear from English typography in the last 15 years and I see no prospect of their revival.

  7. Since answers have been a bit slow coming in, permit me to suggest answers for a pair: is No. 3 the Mar Saba monastery near Jerusalem, where the alleged Letter of Clement re "Secret Mark" was allegedly discovered; is No. 4 the cliff near Nag Hammadi (Chenoboskion) at the foot of which the Nag Hammadi manuscripts are thought to have been discovered?

  8. No. 6 = Oxyrhynchos
    NT Mss include P.Oxy. 4968 (and many others).

  9. More specifically than Jeff's answer, number 9 is the Great Lavra at Mt Athos.

    Similarly, number 1 is Simonopetros at Mt Athos.

  10. Thanks, Maurice. Yes, #9 is Great Lavra... and 051 and 052 are elsewhere on Mt Athos (Pantokratoros and Panteleimonos, respectively)... I should have mentioned 044/Psi instead... or maybe I should learn not to post ~12am on NYE... :-)

    Btw, I thought #1 was Vatopedi... but I'm not sure. I've never been to Mt Athos, but it and Meteora are high on my to-do list (no pun intended). Happy 2012 to you.

  11. Jeff, you're correct (this time it is me typing too late at night):

    #1 indeed is Vatopedi. Simonopetros doesn't have the red paint.

  12. That only leaves five and eight.

  13. I suspect no. 5 is the Aleppo synagogue (age of the photo would suggest this). Source of the Aleppo Codex of the Hebrew Bible.

  14. #8 stumped me for the longest time, so without spoiling the fun for other blog readers I'll just drop a hint... there were supplementary leaves added to an uncial at this location in the 9th century.

    Great quiz, Peter. Kudos!

  15. Well, I'll hazard a guess for #8. It is the monastic library of St Irenaeus at Lyon, where supplementation of Codex Bezae Cantabrigensis occurred in the 9th century, if the experts are correct in their assessment.

    Another photo could now be added to this collection: a cave in Afghanistan, for its relevance to the study of the text of Jeremiah:

    Scholarly world abuzz over Jewish scrolls find

  16. Yes, I think that is all ten now. Well done everyone.

  17. Yes, I think that is all ten now. Well done everyone.