Monthly Archives: April 2011

Coptic Vestiges of a Paschal Homily Attributed to Epiphanius of Salamis: A Preliminary Report

The sermon In divini corporis sepulturam (CPG 3768; BHG 808e), attributed to Epiphanius of Salamis, is counted among the most curious Patristic works concerning the harrowing of hell. It was intended for liturgical reading on the Holy Saturday and is … Continue reading

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The Dossier of the Asceticon of Abba Isaiah: With a Contribution on the First Bohairic Fragments

Little is known about the period that Abba Isaiah spent in his native land, as a recluse in the desert of Scetis. His fame began to grow beyond the borders of Egypt only after he settled in a monastery near … Continue reading

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An Apocryphal Fragment Sold at Sotheby’s (The Pseudo-Gospel of the Twelve Apostles)

I have already discussed here and here the ten Coptic fragments auctioned in July 2009 at Sotheby’s in London. They are all datable to the 10th century and belonged once to the library of the White Monastery, situated in Upper … Continue reading

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An Unnoticed Oxford Fragment from the Coptic Version of the Life of Anthony by Athanasius of Alexandria

While checking a number of unidentified Coptic fragments in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, my attention was drawn by a dismembered parchment leaf (call number MS.Copt.e. 170[P]) copied on one column by a skilled and elegant hand. The text utilizes the … Continue reading

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The White Monastery Euchologion: Update

My paper concerning the age of the Sahidic Euchologion manuscript was published in the latest issue of Vigiliae Christianae and can be read here. The article is dedicated to the memory of Dom Emmanuel Lanne, osb, who edited the Euchologion … Continue reading

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