From my diary

To Cambridge, to obtain a photocopy of Sbath’s Vingt traites.  The copiers double as scanners, and I tried to scan rather than photocopy but they defeated me.  Various puzzled-looking people were trying to work out how to charge their cards for the photocopier.  So I now have a pile of photocopies, and a PDF of Sbath.

Item 20 in the collection looks interesting: “20.  Of the way in which the truth of religion should be understood, by Hunain ibn Ishaq, Nestorian physician and philosopher, died 873.  Followed by the explication of this treatise by Yohanna ben Mina, a coptic writer of the 12th century.”  I might try commissioning a translation of that.  It’s 20 pages,  I think.


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