Research Platform: Catalogue of Byzantine Manuscripts
The CATALOGUE OF BYZANTINE MANUSCRIPTS in liturgical context (CBM) is a new approach in manuscript cataloguing of the Bible, in which the liturgical context of manuscript formation is placed central stage. This PTHU project (Department Sources), funded by the Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research was launched in 2009. It is a first attempt to establish fundamental new catalogue and manuscript studies in the area of biblical and liturgical studies on an interdisciplinary and international scale in the Netherlands.
Byzantine manuscripts of the Bible - the Old and New Testament - delivered in Greek, preserved since the 4th century A.D. (with the codex Sinaiticus, the codex Vaticanus B, and the codex Alexandrinus as precious witnesses of early Byzantine tradition), are dispersed throughout the Eastern and Western world. They are kept in libraries worldwide. Catalogues are the windows to the manuscripts and useful tools for a wide range of researchers from diverse disciplines. The manner in which catalogues are construed is of decisive importance for an adequate representation of manuscripts. The focus in this project is on the integral codex. The working hypothesis is: content and form of Bible codices in all calligraphic aspects, are coined by liturgical tradition and function.
The idea is that biblical texts should not be isolated from the codex in which they were originally included, and that their evaluation should be based on relating the codices to the liturgical context and practice of the monasteries and churches in which they originated. CBM’s methodology is called codico-liturgical.
New catalogues will prepare the ground for new codex-focused critical editions and translations.