Chrysostom against the Jews — online copies

Once we have a final version of the missing portion of Chrysostom against the Jews, I need to make sure that it is added to the copies of the defective text that are around online.  Of course that means I need to know where they are.  A google search provided quite a few links:

The first is undoubtedly the most important; many of the others derive from it.   But I have yet to visit most of these.

Some of the more unusual sites in this list — and there are a few — can be difficult to communicate with, as their authors are either very eccentric or have developed a well-grounded fear of entrapment by their political enemies.   I cannot say that I am looking forward to the task of writing to all these sites and asking them to add the missing passage to sermon 2.  Doubtless some will ignore my email.

But unless we do this, unless we reunite the lost portion of the text with all the copies we can find, we may be wasting our time.  We cannot be certain which copy of the text will be the ancestor of all the copies to reach the year 3,000 AD.  In so many cases, we know that a single copy ca. 800 AD is the ancestor of all our current copies of a text.  To fail to reunite the severed texts may be tantamount to wasting the rediscovery.

Our duty to the future dictates that the effort must be made.  Once I have the final version, I will make that effort.  Not because I agree or disagree with the sites above; but because we cannot tell which of them may provide the future with the text of Chrysostom.


4 thoughts on “Chrysostom against the Jews — online copies

  1. Roger, you’re a gentleman of the old Internet school. Except without all the flamewars. 😉

  2. Well, some corners are pretty much the same, others are better, and others are just different. I wouldn’t like to give up the great variety of scanned books, for instance. But there are certainly a good many things I miss about the old days. People are making noise again about various ISPs killing off Usenet. I’ll cry if that happens. ACTA scares me, too.

    In some ways, I suppose the whole social networks thing is just an attempt by people to carve out their own little neighborhoods, with the optimal number of people they can deal with and no more. I can’t follow it, but a lot of people have faithfully trekked from one format to the next, maintaining more or less the same circles of acquaintance and just adding more.

    Of course, a lot of what I really miss are the people who aren’t what they used to be — but more, the people who’ve passed away. Most of them I never met in the flesh, and couldn’t attend the funeral; but I miss them still.

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