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In St. Catherine's Monastery, at the foot of Egypt's Mount Sinai, the silence in the library is broken only by low electrical humming, as an early manuscript is bathed in green light.The aim is to create the first digital archive of all 4,500 manuscripts in the library, starting with around 1,100 in the Syriac and Arabic languages, which are particularly rare.The project began last year and is being undertaken by the nonprofit research organization Early Manuscripts Electronic Library, in collaboration with the monastery and the Library of the University of California, Los Angeles.The most famous manuscript in the library is the fourth-century "Codex Sinaiticus" a Greek manuscript of the Bible that contains the oldest surviving complete New Testament.
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