Author Archives: Alin Suciu

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.

International Summer School “The Coptic Bible and Coptic Literature in the Digital Age” (Göttingen/Hamburg, July 20 – August 1, 2015)

Egyptian Christianity has left a wealth of textual and non-textual sources which are of great interest to a number of stakeholder groups, Coptic scholars, biblical scholars and church historians, scholars of Late Antiquity, Egyptologists, scholars of Islam and last but … Continue reading

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Two Positions Available in the Project “Digital Edition and Translation of the Coptic-Sahidic Old Testament” (Göttingen Academy of Sciences)

The new project “Digital Edition and Translation of the Coptic-Sahidic Old Testament” at the Göttingen Academy of Sciences has two positions available. Please find the advertisement (closing date: January 20, 2015) here: http://www.uni-goettingen.de/de/321451.html (German) http://www.uni-goettingen.de/en/321451.html (English) You must click on … Continue reading

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Panel on Early Christian Literature Preserved in Classical Ethiopic (Ge’ez)

I got the following announcement from Timothy B. Sailors. As part of the 19th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies, to be held from 24-28 August, 2015, at the University of Warsaw, Poland, a panel on ‘Early Christian Literature Preserved in … Continue reading

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SBL Coptic Sushi Night

Below is an announcement from Christian Askeland. On Monday, 24 November, the SBL Coptic illuminati will gather for their annual feast, following the evening session.  (If you are reading this blog, then consider yourself one of the illuminati.)  Christian Askeland … Continue reading

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50 % off for 518 Sources Chrétiennes Volumes

In the period September 9-December 31, 2014, no less than 518 volumes in the Sources Chrétiennes collection are 50 % cheaper. More information HERE.

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La Bible grecque des Septante. Cycle de conférences 2014-2015

Ce cycle de conférences internationales permet de réunir ceux qui prennent part à l’entreprise de traduction commentée de la Bible des LXX et tous ceux qui s’intéressent à cette ancienne version juive de la Bible. En France, la collection « … Continue reading

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Sources Chrétiennes Lectures 2014-2015

The Sources Chrétiennes colleagues in Lyon announce the lectures that they will host this academic year. For further information please contact Dr. Smaranda Marculescu-Badilita (smaranda.badilita@mom.fr) or Dr. Laurence Mellerin (laurence.mellerin@mom.fr). Programme 2014-2015 du séminaire Toutes les séances ont lieu de … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Stephen Emmel – The Codicology of the New Coptic (Lycopolitan) Gospel of John Fragment (and Its Relevance for Assessing the Genuineness of the Recently Published Coptic “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” Fragment)

Stephen Emmel earned his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1993 (department of religious studies, program in the study of ancient Christianity). His doctoral dissertation, “Shenoute’s Literary Corpus” (published in 2004), laid the groundwork for his current main research preoccupation, which … Continue reading

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Genesis 3:15 in the Sahidic Version of Jacob of Serugh’s memrā on the Ascension of Christ

Just recently, I have identified and edited the Sahidic version of Jacob of Serugh’s verse homily on the Ascension of Christ.[1] This text is not only the first attestation of Jacob of Serugh in Coptic, but it may also be … Continue reading

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Catalogue of the Coptic Manuscripts in the Collection of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin

Paola Buzi‘s catalogue of the Coptic manuscripts in the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin has finally been printed. This is a long awaited publication for those interested in Coptic manuscripts in general and in the reconstruction of the White Monastery codices in … Continue reading

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The Greek Version of Stephen of Thebes’ Ascetic Rules

The Rules (ʼΕντολαὶ) of Stephen of Thebes have survived in numerous Greek and Old Slavonic manuscripts. As Father Filotheus Bălan (Petru Vodă Monastery, Romania), with whom I often discuss about Patristics, shows in a forthcoming book, the Rules of Stephen are … Continue reading

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Search for Post-Doctoral Associate in Early Christian Papyrology

Dr. Philip Sellew announces that the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Minnesota seeks to hire a recent PhD or ABD to join a team of researchers at Minnesota and Oxford universities on the ‘Ancient … Continue reading

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The Garshuni Manuscript Oxford, Marsh. 465, fol. 255: An Unknown Text of Stephen of Thebes?

While browsing through Payne Smith’s catalogue of the Syriac manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, I came upon an interesting reference to an ascetic text attributed to Stephen of Thebes,[1] which seems to be unknown. The short text features in … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Joost L. Hagen – Possible further proof of forgery: A reading of the text of the Lycopolitan fragment of the Gospel of John, with remarks about suspicious phenomena in the areas of the lacunae and a note about the supposed Gospel of Jesus’ Wife

You can download the PDF version of Joost’s article HERE. Introduction In this post, I share the result of my work preparing for reading the supposed Gospel of Jesus’ Wife and the related Lycopolitan fragment of the Gospel of John … Continue reading

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The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife Papyrus. Final Considerations

Christian Askeland has recently pointed out that the Gospel of John fragment, allegedly found together with the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife papyrus, is undoubtedly a modern forgery. His assumption is based on the fact that the text of this fragment, … Continue reading

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Christian Askeland Finds the “Smoking Gun”

Over at Evangelical Textual Criticism blog, Christian Askeland announces that photos of the Gospel of John fragment, allegedly purchased together with the Gospel of Jesus Wife papyrus, are available here (click on “read the full report”) Christian remarks that The … Continue reading

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The Gǝʿǝz version of Stephen of Thebes’ Sermo asceticus

My current projects include the editio princeps of the Gǝʿǝz version of Stephen of Thebes’ Sermo asceticus, which is preserved in an unicum, namely EMML 4493, ff. 103r-105r (dated 1528 CE). Stephen is one of the most mysterious Egyptian ascetical … Continue reading

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Coptic Faces

Over at Manuscripts and Microfilm blog, I’ve read a nice post about a Greek manuscript in Istanbul (Patriarchate Library, Panagia Kamariotissa, ms. 5 – 10th century; contains homilies of John Chrysostom), in which the blogger “found a delightful illustrated note left … Continue reading

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Radiocarbon Dating of Codex Glazier

During a recent meeting, Stephen Emmel drew my attention to an article published by John Lawrence Sharpe in the proceedings of the International Conference on Conservation and Restoration of Archive and Library Materials, Erice, April 22nd-29th 1996.[1] In his paper, … Continue reading

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“Apocryphization”: Theological Debates in Biblical Disguise. 8 May, 2014, King’s College London

On May 8, 2014, I will attend a workshop organized by Peter Toth and Ioannis Papadogiannakis at King’s College, London. Here is the announcement. “Apocryphization”: Theological Debates in Biblical Disguise 8 May, 2014, King’s College London  This workshop focuses on a hitherto … Continue reading

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