In 1844, academic and fundamentalist Christian Constatin Tischendorf, driven by his obsession with the origins of the Bible, traveled to a remote monastery in the middle of the Sinai Desert, where he discovered the original manuscript in a basket of paper said to have been discarded by the monks and destined for the furnace. Part travelogue, part historical study and part critique, this compelling and accessible study discusses the author’s trip to Sinai in Tischendorf’s footsteps, the history of the Bible and early Church, and the lives and liturgies of the monks, raising important questions about how – and in particular where – the treasures of Antiquity are best displayed.
JÜRGEN GOTTSCHLICH is a German journalist and author. He founded the daily newspaper taz in 1979. Latterly, he became editor-in-chief of the Wochenpost in 1994, and went on to work as the Istanbul-based correspondent of various newspapers. He has also written two books on Turkey and its relationship with modern Europe.
JOHN BROWNJOHN is an experienced and versatile literary translator with almost 200 books to his credit. These range from popular bestsellers like The Night of the Generals and The Boat (Das Boot) to the political memoirs of Willy Brandt and scholarly studies such as Martin-Gregor-Dellin’s definitive biography of Richard Wagner. His work has won him critical acclaim and numerous awards on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Schlegel-Tieck Prize (three times), the US PEN, and the Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize for Marcel Beyer’s The Karnau Tapes and Thomas Brussig’s Heroes Like Us.