Corpus Scriptorum Christianorum Orientalium. Scriptores Coptici series – Online Volumes

I come to know from AWOL and Roger Pearse that several volumes from Corpus Scriptorum Christianorum Orientalium, Scriptores coptici series are available on the website of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago:

It appears that the eighth volume is still missing: H. Wiesmann, Sinuthii archimandritae vita et opera omnia, III (Paris, 1931).

I add here a few other volumes from the same series:


About Alin Suciu

I am a researcher at the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities. I write mostly on Coptic literature, Patristics, and apocryphal texts.
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17 Responses to Corpus Scriptorum Christianorum Orientalium. Scriptores Coptici series – Online Volumes

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  2. What exactly is that “Book of the Creation of the Archangel Michael” or whatever, translated into German by Muller from Coptic?? Can you ascertain a date and place of composition?

    Yours in Christ,

    James Snapp, Jr.

  3. Alin Suciu says:

    The title of this text is rather the Book of the Enthronement of the Archangel Michael. It recounts events which allegedly took place in heaven on the 12th of Hathor (Hathor is the 3rd month in the Coptic calendar). On that day, says the text, Satan was thrown out from heaven and Michael was enthroned in his place. The Copts still celebrate the most important feast of the archangel on 12 Hathor.

    It is not clear when was written the text. I would say that it was composed sometime between the Council of Chalcedon (451 AD) and the year 600. The only certain thing is that John of Parallos (who became bishop around the year 600) quoted the Book of the Enthronement and refuted its teachings. This means that the text was already in circulation before that period.

  4. Cool.
    I can’t really read German — probably the Introduction by Muller answers these questions:

    Is there basically one form of the text, in Sahidic and Fayyumic?

    Was “Book of the Enthronement of the Archangel Michael” composed in Coptic, or is it a translation of a Greek text?

    How extensive is the quotation by John of Parallos?

    Is this the same book that is called “The Institution of Saint Michael” in the Claremont College Digital Library’s profile of John of Parallos? (The profile there says “The Institution of Saint Michael, however, survived in Sahidic and Fayyumic versions, written in the second half of the
    eighth century, which were discovered in the Monastery of Saint Michael at Sopehes on the southwestern border of the Fayyum.”)

    Yours in Christ,

    James Snapp, Jr.

  5. Alin Suciu says:

    The Fayyumic text seems to be based on Sahidic, but not on that particular Sahidic manuscript edited by Müller because they are a bit different. However, the Fayyumic contains a number of “Sahidicisms” which suggests that it was translated from Sahidic.

    The issue of the original language for the Coptic texts which don’t exist in Greek is one of the major questions of Coptic literature. There is still no definite answer whether their original language was Greek or Coptic. I agree with those who say that most of these texts were composed in Coptic.

    The text of John of Parallos regarding the Enthronement of Michael is not so extensive because only fragments have survived. It was edited in 1946 by Arnold van Lantschoot. I will put online van Lantschoot’s article soon.

    Yes, it is the same book. Beside the two MSS which belonged to the Monastery of Saint Michael, the collection of the French Institute in Cairo possesses fragments from a third MS of the same work.

  6. Philipos says:

    Internet Archive ( made available several volumes of the ‘Scriptores Syri’ series. If you are interested, I made a list of them, with some links to Google Books too, on my blog here:


  7. Alin Suciu says:

    Thank you for sharing this. Very useful resources.

  8. copticsounds says:


    Please find H. Wiesmann, Sinuthii archimandritae vita et opera omnia, III (Paris, 1931) here:



  9. Alin Suciu says:

    Thank you, Ambrose. This is the only missing volume from the early ones.

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  12. nora sadek says:

    vols. 9-10 = series tertia, tomus VIII, textus: L. Th. Lefort (ed.), S. Pachomii vitae sahidice scriptae, Paris, 1933 link does not work any other link plz

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