Scriptorium Biblicum et Orientale in Montserrat's Abbey
Scriptorium,was the area in some monasteries where, for centuries, the monks copied the books from
the past, and composed the books of the present times. The scriptorium Biblicum et Orientale of
Montserrat is the place dedicated to the study of the Holy Scriptures, to the research of history
and culture of Middle East and to the compilation of archaeological objects from Mesopotamia,
Egypt and Palestine , and housed in the museum.It is the place where various volumes of the Bible of
Montserrat's edition have been issued, the place where many biblical works have been concluded and
published by the monks, and where of Father Bonaventura Ubach - the patriarch monk of biblical studies
in Montserrat - has been written.
Besides the strictly biblical research, ancient manuscripts of the Roca-Puig legacy are being studied
at the Scriptorium, as well as ancient books in Hebrew and Arabic contained in the library.
The Scriptorium is the ideal space for study and for the preparation of cultural activities,
especially historical or humanist subjects.
The director of the Scriptorium Biblicum et Orientale in Montserrat's Abbey is Father
Pius-Ramon Tragan, monk from Montserrat. The telephone number is 93 877 77 66, the fax
number: 93 877 77 62, and the e-mail address:
A JOURNEY TO THE BIBLICAL MIDDLE EAST. A new archaeology space in Montserrat's Museum
"A journey to the Biblical Middle East" is a new exhibition area in MDM. It contains the materials collected
by F. Bonaventura Ubach throughout his many journeys, intended to illustrate the Bible. These objects, together
with those already in the archaeology section, were already exhibited in the ancient Montserrat's Biblical
Middle East's Museum, which opened in 1911, and expanded in 1923.
The exhibition is a tour along the Fertile Crescent, approaching the ancient cultures of Palestine,
Mesopotamia and Egypt. It starts with an audiovisual presentation which allows us to know about the Eastern
landscapes, and explains the structure and contents of the Biblical texts.
This new exhibition area will, after a long time, make possible to show the entire F. Ubach's project which,
besides the archaeological objects, includes collections of flora, fauna and geology. These have never been
open to the public yet. The exhibition will be available for groups and students on guided visits under
Amulet of Goddess Sekhmet (662-332 BC)