A behind-the-scenes look from Krista's interview. Here, Fr. Columba shows centuries-old manuscripts in Ge'ez and Samaritan Hebrew, Latin and Armenian, and Greek with Arabic translations. It's an intimate perspective of precious objects well worth viewing.
Saint John's University and Abbey in rural Minnesota houses a monastic library that rescues writings from across the centuries and across the world. There are worlds in this place on palm leaf and papyrus, in microfilm and pixels. And the relevance of the past to the present is itself revealed in a new light.
Historian Theresa Vann's descriptions of crude repairs and bookworms tunneling through fleshy parchment come to life. And she shows us rare pages from the Knights of Malta's first pressings.
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In preparing for Krista's interview with Fr. Stewart, several producers listen as he previews a few manuscripts from the HMML collection.
A monk makes the case to the pop culture digerati that his Catholic brothers have been on the cutting edge of technology for centuries.
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Boys in Yeha, Tigray Province, northern Ethiopia, learn to read the ancient language of the Ethiopian Church, Ge'ez, by reading from a manuscript while a monk tutors in the background.
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Stewart is the executive director of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at Saint John's Abbey and University.
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