The Ernie Tune Library

Of the

Institute for Antiquity

and Christianity

 

Housed at The

Claremont School of Theology Library

The Tune Collection is especially valuable for Hellenistic and Coptic Egypt studies and has the material to support dissertation level research with the necessary lexica, as well as primary and secondary sources. Noted New Testament scholar John Kloppenborg, an expert in Q studies, observes that the “library is clearly created by a lover of texts with a keen intelligence and interest in the Hellenistic and Roman East. It is a library that a specialist would love to work in because of its intimate size and the care given to the selection of its contents.” Ranging across the Hellenistic era in the Eastern Mediterranean into the late antique period, the collection includes linguistic tools necessary for acquiring the major languages of the region and period, as well as a breadth of studies in the material and literary cultures. Dr. Tune’s own expertise in Egyptian cultures, particularly Nubian and Coptic materials, is especially well-represented. In addition to major primary sources (for example, editions of papyri collections, facsimiles of major biblical codices of antiquity), the collection also includes major secondary sources (for example, the classic historical studies that are the foundations of modern scholarship. Ethiopic materials of many kinds are found throughout the Tune Collection.
Dr. Tune describes the contents of the library by its Major subject areas: Demotic (Egyptian) Texts and Linguistics; Coptic Studies (very extensive holdings in all categories), Meroitic Inscriptions and Decipherment; Nubian Salvage Archaeology, Language, and Literature; Manichaean Manuscript Studies; Papyrology (extensive collection of published texts); Hellenistic Greek Language and Literature; Patristic Texts; Early Christian Manuscript Studies; New Testament Textual Criticism; Roman Egypt. As Dr. Tune explains, this Tune Collection was given to the IAC to “enhance the already internationally known and respected work being carried out at the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity by providing a unique blend and collection of special tools in one and the same location for area studies in several related academic disciplines.” According to Dr. Tune, the primary focus of this collection is on the multi-cultural histories and languages of the Upper Nile Valley (Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia) and North-East Africa in general from about 800 B.C.E. to around 1300 C.E. Donated to the library at the Claremont School of Theology by Mrs. Gudrun F. Tune, this limited edition facsimile of the Codex Vaticanus represents one of the earliest (some argue the earliest) complete Greek Christian Bibles in existence. It is thought to have been produced in the first half of the 4th-century C.E. The original resides in the Vatican library. This text, Demotic Mathematical Papyri, collects evidence of mathematical advancements and provides insight into intellectual and technical achievments in the period of late antiquity.

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