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The Byzantine Liturgical Gospel between Constantinople and Jerusalem

Elena Velkova Velkovska, Università di Siena, Fellow 2013–2014

The greater part of my fellowship was dedicated to preparing an edition of the ninth-century manuscript Sinai Greek 210, the only Greek lectionary of the Jerusalem rite known prior to the New Finds of 1975. Different parts of the manuscript are conserved in four collections, three on Mount Sinai and one in Saint Petersburg. One of the Sinaitic parts, which is currently misplaced, was photographed by Kurt Weitzmann; I was able to consult these photographs in the Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA). I completed the task of collecting small fragments of leaves and ordering them according to the liturgical year of Jerusalem, which had already been partially byzantinized by the epoch of the manuscript. I completed both the edition and the description of the manuscript, and I continued my work on the liturgical commentary.

My work in ICFA yielded an unexpected discovery. The collection that Weitzmann photographed in the 1950s as Sinai Chest 1 corresponds to the catalog of Greek fragments that James Rendel Harris described in 1894 as an appendix to a book by Agnes Smith Lewis. Given that this collection cannot be found on Sinai, the ICFA photos are the only extant source for most of these fragments. This collection is the subject of a short article already submitted for publication.