CURRICULUM VITAE ALIN SUCIU
Name: Alin Suciu
Place of birth: Oradea, Romania
Date of birth: May 19, 1978
Address: Alin Suciu
Digitale Gesamtedition und Übersetzung des koptisch-sahidischen Alten Testamentes
Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen
Friedländer Weg 11, 37085 Göttingen
E-mails: asuciu [at] uni-goettingen.de, al_suciu [at] yahoo.co.uk
EDUCATION AND DEGREES AWARDED:
2019 – Docent in Early Christian Literature and Coptic Christianity, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki.
2013 – Ph.D., Religious Studies, Université Laval, Québec, Canada. Thesis entitled Apocryphon Berolinense/Argentoratense (Previously Known as the Gospel of the Savior). Reedition of P. Berol. 22220, Strasbourg Copte 5-7 and Qasr el-Wizz Codex ff. 12v-17r with Introduction and Commentary.
2004 – M.A., Ancient & Medieval Philosophy, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
2003 – B.A., Philosophy, University of Oradea, Romania.
Senior researcher, Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Digitale Gesamtedition und Übersetzung des koptisch-sahidischen Alten Testamentes project (funded 2015-2036).
PAST ACADEMIC AFFILIATION:
August 2013-December 2014 – Researcher, Hiob Ludolf Centre for Ethiopian Studies, Asien-Afrika-Institut, Hamburg University. Project: Clavis copto-arabo-aethiopica. A Guide to the Study of Coptic, Arabic and Ethiopic Christian Literature and Manuscripts – Pilot Project.
2012-2013 – Visiting scholar, Hiob Ludolf Centre for Ethiopian Studies, Asien-Afrika-Institut, Hamburg University (as board member of the Corpus dei manoscritti copti letterari project).
2009- 2011 – Visiting scholar, Department of Biblical Studies, University of Helsinki.
2006-2012 – Auxiliaire de recherche, Faculté de théologie et de sciences religieuses, Université Laval, Québec.
FIELDS OF INTEREST:
Coptic language and literature, Ethiopic literature, Christian Arabic literature, Armenian literature, paleography and codicology, manuscript studies, Patristics, apocrypha, hagiography, early Christianity, late antiquity, history of Roman and Byzantine empire, Eastern Christian literature, digital humanities, monasticism, asceticism.
The Berlin-Strasbourg Apocryphon: A Coptic Apostolic Memoir (Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament I, 370; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2017) (order here).
Studies in Peer-Reviewed Journals:
6) A. Suciu, “Ps.-Theophili Alexandrini Sermo de Cruce et Latrone (CPG 2622): Edition of M595 with Parallels and Translation,” Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum – Journal of Ancient Christianity 16 (2012) 181-225 (PDF).
7) A. Suciu, “A British Library Fragment from a Homily on the Lament of Mary and the So-Called Gospel of Gamaliel,” Aethiopica. International Journal of Ethiopian and Eritrean Studies 15 (2012) 53-71 (PDF).
11) A. Suciu, “More Sahidic Fragments from the Life of Shenoute Attributed to Besa,” Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum – Journal of Ancient Christianity 17 (2013) 424-427 (PDF).
14) A. Suciu, “Coptic Scribes and Manuscripts. Dated and Datable Codices from the Monastery of Apa Shenoute. I: The Codices of the Scribe Victor, the Son of Shenoute (First Half of the 12th Century),” Journal of Coptic Studies 16 (2014) 195-215 (PDF).
19) A. Suciu, “The Recovery of the Lost Fragment Preserving the Title of the Coptic Book of Bartholomew: Edition and Translation of Cornell University Library, Misc. Bd. Ms. 683,” Apocrypha 26 (2015) 239-259 (PDF).
23) “The Question of the Authorship of Historia Stephani Protomartyris (BHO 1093; CANT 302; clavis coptica 0491): Theodosius of Jerusalem, Abba Isaiah, the Monk Romanus, and Peter the Iberian,” Analecta Bollandiana 134 (2016) 279-292 (PDF).
24) “Sitting in the Cell: The Literary Development of an Ascetic Praxis in Paul of Tamma’s Writings. With an Edition of Some Hitherto Unknown Fragments of De Cella,” Journal of Theological Studies 68 (2017) 141-171 (PDF).
26) “The Coptic Versions of De ascetica disciplina attributed to Basil of Caesarea (CPG 2890). With an Appendix Containing the Armenian Version,” Revue des études byzantines 75 (2017) 65-100 (PDF).
27) “Note on the Alleged Arabic Manuscript of the Life of Adam,” Journal of Theological Studies 69 (2018) 1-5 (PDF).
28) “The Sermo asceticus of Stephen the Theban in Sahidic Coptic,” Journal of Theological Studiess. 69 (2018) 628-673 (PDF).
29) “A Bohairic Fragment of the Acts of Matthew in the City of the Priests and other Coptic Fragments from the Genizah of the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus,” Le Muséon 131 (2018) 251-277 (PDF).
30) “A Quotation from 6 Ezra in the Sermo asceticus of Stephen the Theban,” Apocrypha 29 (2018) 59-67 (PDF).
Articles in Books:
31) A. Suciu – E. Thomassen, “An Unknown ‘Apocryphal’ Text from the White Monastery,” in P. Buzi & A. Camplani (eds.), Christianity in Egypt: Literary Production and Intellectual Trends. Studies in Honor of Tito Orlandi (Studia Ephemeridis ‘Augustinianum,’ 125; Rome: Istituto Patristico Augustinianum, 2011) 477-499 (PDF).
32) A. Suciu, “Quotations from the Physiologus in a Homily of the Coptic Holy Week Lectionary,” in D. Atanassova – T. Chronz (eds.), ΣΥΝΑΞΙΣ ΚΑΘΟΛΙΚΗ. Beiträge zu Gottesdienst und Geschichte der fünf altkirchlichen Patriarchate für Heinzgerd Brakmann zum 70. Geburtstag (Orientalia – Patristica – Oecumenica, 6,1: Vienna – Berlin: Lit Verlag, 2014) 677-689 (PDF).
33) T. Orlandi – A. Suciu, “The End of the Library of the Monastery of Atripe,” in P. Buzi – A. Camplani – F. Contardi (eds.), Coptic Society, Literature and Religion from Late Antiquity to Modern Times. Proceedings of the Tenth International Congress of Coptic Studies, Rome, September 17th-22nd, 2012, and Plenary Reports of the Ninth International Congress of Coptic Studies, Cairo, September 15th-19th, 2008 (Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta, 247; Louvain: Peeters, 2016) 891-918 (PDF).
34) A. Suciu, “The Berlin-Strasbourg Apocryphon. Introduction and Translation from Coptic,” in T. Burke – B. Landau (eds.), New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2016) 165-183.
35) A. Suciu, “The Investiture of Abbaton, the Angel of Death. A New Translation and Introduction,” in T. Burke – B. Landau (eds.), New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2016) 526-554 (with a contribution by I. Saweros).
36) A. Suciu, “O Evangelho do Salvador (P. Berol. 22220) no seu contexto: Jesus e os apóstolos na literatura copta,” in J.C. Dias Chaves – V. Dobroruka (eds.), Espectadores do Sagrado: Literatura apocalíptica, apócrifos do Novo Testamento e experiência visionária (Brasilia: Editora Universidade de Brasília, 2015) 221-258.
Articles in handbooks, encyclopedias etc.
37) “(Coptic Translations of the) Former Prophets (Joshua, Judges, Samuel-Kings),” in A. Lange – E. Tov (eds.), Textual History of the Bible. The Hebrew Bible vol. 1B: Pentateuch, Former and Latter Prophets (Leiden – Boston: E.J. Brill, 2016) 403-409.
38) “(Coptic Translations of the) Five Scrolls (Ruth, Canticles, Ecclesiastes, Lamentations, Esther),” in A. Lange (ed.), The Textual History of the Bible. The Hebrew Bible vol. 1C: Writings (Leiden – Boston: E.J. Brill, 2017) 461-466.
Editor (together with B. Lourié, A. Ostrovsky and B. Outtier) of M. van Esbroeck, “Nino, Théognosta et Eustathe: un dossier hagiographique oriental des IVe-Ve siècles,” Христианский Восток 6 (16) (2013) 678-738.
(With Päivi Vähäkangas) Index of biblical and ancient sources, index of names and thematic index for the volume M. Labahn – O. Lehtipuu, Anthropology in the New Testament and its Ancient Context (Contributions to Biblical Exegesis, 54; Leuven – Paris – Walpole, MA: Peeters, 2010).
SUMMER SCHOOLS, PAPERS AND LECTURES DELIVERED:
20-28 September, 2004 – Summer School “Modernità – Gnosi – Religione” (Istituto di Scienze Religiose, Trento, Italy).
10-16 August, 2006 – First International Summer School of the Romanian Association for Religious Studies (Ipotesti, Romania).
15-20 August, 2007 – Second International Summer School of the Romanian Association for Religious Studies (Emanuel Baptist University, Oradea, Romania).
26 July-4 August, 2008 – Second International Summer School in Coptic Papyrology (Papyrus Collection of the University Library, Leipzig, Germany).
10-17 August, 2008 – Seminar of the Nordic Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism Network (NNGN) (Helsinki, Finland).
“Preliminary Report on Some New Coptic Apocryphal Fragments,” paper delivered at the Annual Reunion of the Association pour l’étude de la littérature apocryphe chrétienne (AELAC), Dole, June 28-30, 2012.
“Newly identified fragments from the Fayyumic and Sahidic versions of the Bible,” paper delivered at the Tenth International Congress of Coptic Studies, Rome, September 17-22, 2012.
“A Typology of Textual Fluidity in Coptic Literature and Manuscripts,” paper delivered at the International Workshop of the NEWCONT-project, Textual Transmission and Manuscripts Culture: Textual Fluidity, “New Philology,” and the Nag Hammadi (and Related) Codices, Oslo, December 11-12, 2012.
“’I am the King, I am the Son of the King’. Psalm 71:1 (LXX) in Apocryphon Berolinense/Argentoratense (aka Unbekanntes Berliner Evangelium), Coptic Literature and Patristics.” Guest lecture delivered at the “Internationale Tagung ‘Digitale Edition der koptisch-sahidischen Septuaginta Fragestellungen und Herausforderungen’.” Koptisches Kloster der Jungfrau Maria und des Heiligen Mauritius, Höxter-Brenkhausen, April 26-27, 2013.
(With Tito Orlandi) “The Corpus dei Manoscritti Copti Letterari (CMCL) research project.” Workshop on Digital and Computational Scholarship in the Coptic Language. Hosted by the University of the Pacific (Stockton, California) and Humboldt University (Berlin). Institute for German Language and Linguistics at Humboldt University, Berlin, May 14, 2013.
“Apocryphal Texts in Egyptian Monasticism after Nag Hammadi: Textual Traditions and Manuscript Evidence of the Books of Adam.” The International NEWCONT Conference: “The Nag Hammadi Codices in the Context of Fourth- and Fifth-Century Christianity in Egypt.” Hosted by the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo, Oslo, December 16-17, 2013.
Guest lecturer, workshop on Coptic manuscripts. Faculty of Classical and Near Eastern Studies, University of Minnesota, April 16, 2014.
“Pseudo-Apostolic Dialogues in Coptic.” Invited lecture delivered at the workshop “‘Apocryphization’: Theological Debates in Biblical Disguise.” Hosted at the Department of Theology and Religion and the Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College, London, May 8, 2014.
“A Miscellaneous Sahidic Manuscript from the Monastery of Apa Shenoute: Codex MONB.BE.” Lecture hosted at the Faculties of Humanities and Theology, Lund University, September 1, 2014.
“On the Coptic White Monastery Library and the Reconstruction of Its Codices.” Lecture hosted at the Institute of Classical Studies of University College London. Libraries and Archives from Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages, 2014 autumn term seminar, December 4, 2014.
“The Sahidic Version of Jacob of Serugh’s Homily on the Ascension.” International workshop on Jacob of Serugh hosted at the Near Eastern Department, Princeton University, January 31-February 1, 2015.
“The Library of the Monastery of Apa Shenoute: Dispersal and Reconstruction.” Lecture delivered at the Société d’archéologie copte, Cairo, February 18, 2015.
“Coptic Puzzles: Paleographical and Codicological Approaches of the Dismembered Manuscripts of the White Monastery.” Fragmentary Christian Texts of the Middle Ages: Contents, Methods, Challenges workshop, Bergen University, Bergen, April 11-12, 2016.
“The Library of Shenoute’s Monastery: Center of Monastic Knowledge and Culture,” Window onto Egyptian Monasticism. Shenoute: 4th/5th Century Abbot and Eminent Coptic Writer, Göttingen University, May 17, 2016.
“Stephen of Thebes: An Early Coptic Ascetic Author,” Jour fixe 2 zum Christlichen Orient, Göttingen University, June 21, 2016.
“Recovering a Hitherto Lost Patristic Text: Greek and Coptic Vestiges of Melito of Sardes’ De Baptismo.” Eleventh International Congress of Coptic Studies. Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California, July 25-30, 2016.
“Biblioteca Mănăstirii Albe: centru al culturii monastice în Egiptul copt.” Public lecture hosted at the New Europe College, Bucharest, November 28, 2016.
“The Use of Apocryphal Sources in the Ascetical Writings of Paul of Tamma and Stephen of Thebes: Context and Relevance.” The 2016 NEWCONT-Workshop: Noncanonical Texts and Monastic Manuscript Culture: New Frontiers. Hosted at the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo, Oslo, December 13-14, 2016.
“The Literature of Early Egyptian Anchoritic Monasticism: What Can We Learn from the Works of Paul of Tamma and Stephen of Thebes?” Workshop Bildung in Askese und Mönchtum: Inhalte, Akteure und Prozesse, Göttingen University, Göttingen, December 15-17, 2016.
“A New Patristic Text: Melito of Sardis’ on Baptism.” Theology as a Way of Reception of the Bible: Invention or Fiction of the Patristic Epoch, Patristic Seminar organized by Aarhus University at Sandbjerg Estate, June 2-3, 2017.
“The Coptic Physiologus: Evidence of an Early Translation.” The Physiologus between East and West. Diffusion and Transmission of an Early Christian Text on Nature, Paris, June 15-17, 2017.
“Greek Patristics in Coptic: Early Translations and Later Systematizations within Homiliaries.” Hagiographico-homiletic collections in Greek, Latin and Oriental Manuscripts – Histories of Books and Text Transmission in a Comparative Perspective, Center for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Hamburg, June 23, 2017.
“‘There are many matters which the gospels passed by’: Apocryphal Texts in Coptic Monasticism.” 2017 SBL Annual Meeting, Session: Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism, Boston, MA, November 18-21, 2017.
“From Fragments to Codices: The Reconstruction of the White Monastery Manuscripts.” Lecture held at the Matenadaran Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, Yerevan, Armenia, May 12, 2018.
“The Circulation of Shenoute’s Homilies outside the White Monastery.” The Transmission of Early Christian Homilies from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages, Historisches Seminar, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main, June 21-23, 2018.
“The Coptic Fragments from the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus.” Manuscript Cultures in Medieval Syria: Towards a History of the Qubbat al-khazna Depository in Damascus, Berlin, June 28-29, 2018.
“The White Monastery Manuscripts.” Lecture held at the Hatcher Gallery, University of Michigan Library, November 12, 2018.
“The Ethiopic Version of Stephen the Theban’s Sermo asceticus.” 2018 SBL Annual Meeting: Ethiopic Bible and Literature Unit, Denver, CO, November 17-20, 2018.
“Writing Apocrypha after Chalcedon: The Coptic Apostolic Memoirs.” Texts in Contexts: Situating Early Christian Writings in the History and Development of Early Christianity, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven, December 5-7, 2018.
“Coptic Literary Rotuli and Scrolls: A Typological Assessment.” Coptic Literature in Context, the Contexts of Coptic Literature, Sapienza University, Rome, February 25-27, 2019.
“The Figure of Joseph in Coptic Literature.” Je vous salue Joseph, International colloquium on Joseph the Carpenter, Collège de France, Paris, May 17-18, 2019.
“Defending Christ’s Humanity: The Fatherhood of Joseph the Carpenter in a Post-Chalcedonian Context.” International Workshop Manuscripts, Monasteries, and Apocrypha. Hosted at the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo, Oslo, June 18-20, 2019.
2005-2009 Member of Groupe de recherche sur le christianisme et l’Antiquité tardive (GRECAT) and student member of Bibliothèque copte de Nag Hammadi research team (director: Louis Painchaud), Université Laval.
2009-2011 – Organizer (with Prof. Antti Marjanen) of the Coptic reading group (Department of Biblical Studies, Helsinki University).
Since August 2010 – Board member of the research project Corpus dei manoscritti copti letterari (CMCL) (director: Tito Orlandi), Unione Accademica Nazionale — La Sapienza Università di Roma — Istituto Patristico Augustinianum.
Since 2012 – collaborator of the project New Contexts for Old Texts: Unorthodox Texts and Monastic Manuscript Culture in Fourth- and Fifth Century Egypt (NEWCONT) (director: Prof. Hugo Lundhaug, Faculty of Theology, Oslo University).
Autoptic Manuscript Investigation:
July 6-14, 2007: Rome, the Vatican Library.
February-March 2008: Cairo, Coptic Museum and Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale (IFAO).
July-August 2008: Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung; Leipzig, Papyrussammlung der Universitätsbibliothek.
June 5-10, July 6-13, 2009: Vienna, Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek.
September 2009: Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung.
August 2010: London, British Library; Cambridge, University Library and the Corpus Christi College.
May 21-25, 2011: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
January 2012: Hamburg, Staats- und Universitätbibliothek Carl von Ossietzky (the collection of the Staatsbibliothek in Berlin).
May 7, 2014: London, British Library.
July 2, 2014: Berlin, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin preussischer Kulturbesitz (conservation work).
December 4, 2014: London, British Library (Greek manuscripts).
December 10, 2014: Berlin, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin preussischer Kulturbesitz (conservation work).
January 30-February 2, 2015: Princeton, Princeton University Library.
March 30-31, 2015: Cambridge, Central University Library (conservation work).
November 23-28, 2015: London, British Library & British Museum; Oxford, Bodleian Library.
January 18, 2016: Berlin, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin preussischer Kulturbesitz (conservation work).
April 27-30, 2016: Rome, the Vatican Library.
January 30-February 2, 2017: Leiden, Rijksmuseum van Oudheden.
September 11-15, 2017: London, British Library & Victoria and Albert Museum.
November 13-17, 2017: Ann Arbor, Michigan, Papyrology Collection of the University of Michigan Library.
April 16-21, 2018: Oxford, Bodleian Library; Manchester, John Rylands Library.
October 1-5, 2018: Montserrat Abbey; Collección Palau-Ribes, Barcelona.
November 12-16, 2018: Ann Arbor, Michigan, Papyrology Collection of the University of Michigan Library.
GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS:
Research scholarship offered by the Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale (IFAO), Cairo, for research requiring the collections of Coptic manuscripts in Cairo. February 15-March 25, 2008.
Corpus dei Manoscritti Copti Letterari (Rome) visiting fellowship. September 2010.
Travel grant offered by the Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies (COMSt) project (Hamburg University) for attending the Tenth International Congress of Coptic Studies, Rome, September 17-22, 2012.
Nachwuchsinitiative der Universität Hamburg, fellowship offered by Hamburg University, August 2013-December 2014.
Swenson Family Fellowship in Eastern Christian Manuscript Studies offered by Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (Collegeville, Minnesota) for research requiring digital and microfilm manuscript collections at HMML. April 7-21, 2014.
EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBER & PEER REVIEWER:
I am a member of the advisory board and I regularly review articles for the following journals: Scrinium. Revue de patrologie, d’hagiographie critique et d’histoire ecclésiastique (advisory board); Bulletin de la Société d’archéologie copte (advisory board); Phronema (peer reviewer); Journal of Coptic Studies (peer reviewer); Journal of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities (peer reviewer); Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum – Journal of Ancient Christianity (peer reviewer); Collectanea Christiana Orientalia (peer reviewer); Journal of Theological Studies (peer reviewer); Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists (peer reviewer); Journal of Biblical Literature (peer reviewer); Digital Scholarship in the Humanities (peer reviewer). I also reviewed books for the series Supplements to Vigiliae Christianae (Brill) and Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies (Brill).
Member of the steering committee of the Christianity in the Middle East Group, International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA).