Ancient Manuscripts Research

Papyrus bits

WACO, Texas - Fragments of ancient, rare manuscripts of Greek classical poetry, Greek philosophy and Judeo-Christian Scriptures are being retrieved from papier-mache-like mummy wrappings on loan to Baylor University - all part of an international project that will give undergraduate humanities students rare hands-on research.

The project, called the Green Scholars Initiative, eventually will include more than 100 universities, with Baylor University as the primary academic research partner. Jeff Fish and studentProfessor-mentors guide students through research and publication of articles of such rare and unpublished documents as an ancient Egyptian dowry contract and an ancient papyrus of Greek statesman Demosthenes' famed "On the Crown" Speech, said Dr. Jerry Pattengale, initiative director and a Distinguished Senior Fellow with Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion.

Research materials are provided from the massive Green Collection, one of the world's newest and largest collections of items such as Dead Sea Scrolls, a letter by Martin Luther and a fourth-century Alexandrian casket cover. The collection is named for the Green family, which owns the arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby.

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Related Links:

Bio of Jerry Pattengale, Ph.D.: Jerry Pattengale, Ph.D.

Bio of David Lyle Jeffrey, Ph.D.: David Lyle Jeffrey, Ph.D.

Bio of Jeffrey Fish, Ph.D.: Jeffrey Fish, Ph.D.

Green Scholars Initiative

News reports about the project:

Baylor Magazine, Summer 2011: Recovering ancient texts

Baylor Lariat, Sept. 21, 2011: Manuscripts allow advanced research, Aug. 2, 2012Baylor hosts study of rare Biblical artifacts

The Baptist Standard, July 10, 2012: Students study ancient manuscripts, thanks to vision of Hobby Lobby chief

Contact Information: Terry Goodrich, (254) 710-3321, or the Office of Media Communications at (254) 710-1961.