As the media bomb us with announcements of a forthcoming online publication of Codex Sinaiticus, many readers of Ellopos ask my opinion on the value of this publication. Let me start with an important incident of the previous century (1932).

The place is Mt Athos, when a Catholic scholar visited the monastery where St. Siluan lived. He asked what books the monks read, and a father answered him that they read St John of the Divine Ladder, Dorotheus, Theodore Studites, Cassian, Ephraem, St. Macarius the Great, Isaak Syrus, Symeon the New Theologian, Niceta Stethatus, Gregory Palamas, Maximus Confessor, etc.