Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology is excited to
announce the arrival of the Codex Vaticanus and will celebrate this
addition to the Monsignor James C. Turro Seminary Library collection
with a colloquium from 3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 11.
“The Turro Seminary Library is a wonderful resource with over 80,000
volumes dedicated to the theological sciences,” says Rev. Christopher
M. Ciccarino, S.S.L., S.T.D., Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies.
“In a collection of this size, we are very fortunate to have both
well-known and highly-specialized theological resources. A unique
resource such as the facsimile reproduction of the Codex Vaticanus
further sets our collection apart and gives our faculty and students the
opportunity to interact with the primary texts of Sacred Scripture in a
way that moves their learning to an entirely new level.”
With a 4th-century A.D. provenance, the Codex Vaticanus is a
facsimile reproduction of one of the oldest and most magnificent
manuscripts of the Greek Bible. Father Ciccarino explains: “In
preparation for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, Pope John Paul II
asked that the Vatican Library prepare a facsimile reproduction of the
Codex Vaticanus. A total of 450 copies were produced, and one, # 264,
has found its home here.” Past and current University Library Deans
Howard F. McGinn, Ph.D., and Chrysanthy M. Grieco, Ph.D., facilitated
the Seminary Library’s acquisition of this piece.
While students at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology
have had access to many valuable resources to use in Biblical Studies,
Father Ciccarino is especially enthusiastic that the Seminary Library
now houses a copy of the Codex Vaticanus because “in studying the
biblical text of the Codex Vaticanus, one interacts with Scripture as
the early Christians did and one begins to understand the joys and
challenges they faced in preserving and transmitting the text. It’s
like having the chance to drive a classic car: the road is the same,
but the journey is different. Moreover, with the Codex you get to see,
literally on the page before you, the process of correcting and
collating, editing and interpreting.”
The November 11 colloquium celebrating the Seminary Library’s
acquisition of this manuscript reproduction will feature brief
presentations by members of the faculty of Immaculate Conception
Seminary School of Theology’s Department of Biblical Studies. Father
Ciccarino will give a talk titled “Constantine’s Bible? An Introduction
to the Codex Vaticanus.” Rev. Pablo T. Gadenz, S.S.L., S.T.D.,
Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, will address those present on
“What the Bible Really Says: Codex Vaticanus & Textual Criticism.”
Attendees will learn about “The Lord’s Prayer According to the Codex
Vaticanus” from Gregory Y. Glazov, D.Phil. (Oxon.), Associate Professor
of Biblical Studies.
The colloquium will take place in the Monsignor James C. Turro
Seminary Library, in Lewis Hall on the campus of Seton Hall University.
Kindly RSVP to Kristine Hudak at (973) 761-9633 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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