The series Ethiopic Manuscripts, Texts, and Studies offers, in the first place, catalogues of the Ethiopic Manuscript Imaging Project, whose purpose it is to digitize and catalogue collections of Ethiopic manuscripts in North America and around the world. Beyond this, though, the series offers a venue for monographs, revised dissertations, and texts that explore the rich historical, literary, and artistic traditions of Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
From the Series Foreword
The Catalog of the Ethiopic Manuscript Imaging Project (EMIP), Volume 7, provides a full catalogue for the collection of fifty-four manuscripts in the Meseret Sebhat Le-Ab collection at Mekane Yesus Seminary in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. These include one late fifteenth- or early sixteenth-century
manuscript of Jubilees and the Minor Prophets. Each catalogue entry is laid out in seven sections:
1. Number, name and title
2. Physical description and date (including descriptions of cases and covers)
3. List of contents (with incipits)
4. List of miniatures and illuminations
5. Varia (known works added later)
6. Notes on codicology and scribal practice
7. Quire maps
The manuscripts catalogued here constitute a resource for a wide range of studies, such as the exploration of developments of scribal and artistic practice across time, or the interconnections between common elements in manuscripts, scribal practices, scribal education, and community ideology. A particular focus of interest of the Project is on the scribal techniques and practices in evidence within the manuscripts, and this has been emphasised in the catalogue descriptions. Extensive opening articles provide an introduction to the collection, a biography of Aläqa Meseret’s life and work, an introduction to the Ethiopian musical tradition of Saint Yared, and a study on the textual character of the manuscript of Jubilees. Four indices (works, names, miniatures, and scribal practice) provide quick access for the researcher.