A Blog by the Editor of The Middle East Journal

Putting Middle Eastern Events in Cultural and Historical Context

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Manuscript Treasures of Deir al-Suryan in the Wadi Natrun

We have talked before about the ancient Coptic monasteries of the Wadi Natrun. where the ancient Desert Fathers created monasticism beginning as early as the 3rd century AD.

On this first day of Coptic Great Fast (Lent), I thought it might be appropriate to link to this recent piece on the manuscript library and preservation efforts at one of the surviving monasteries of the Wadi Natrun, the Deir al-Suryan: "Egypt's Mysterious Monastery Hides Ancient Secrets."

The title over-promises but the story itself is worthwhile.

No comments: