Category Archives: Ascetic Authors

A Coptic Codex of the Asceticon of Abba Isaiah (Guillaumont Codex A)

The Coptic version of the Asceticon of Abba Isaiah became known due to Antoine Guillaumont edition of several fragmentary Sahidic witnesses.[1] A few years before this edition appeared, Guillaumont published in Mélanges Crum a list of the available Coptic manuscripts … Continue reading

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Abba Isaiah of Scetis: Bibliography

Vailhé, H., “Un mystique monophysite: le moine Isaïe,” Échos d’Orient 9 (1906) 81-91 The monk Augustinos, Tou hosiou patros hemon abba Esaiaou logoi 29 (Jerusalem, 1911; 2nd ed. S. Schoinas, Volos, 1962) Nau, F., “À propos d’un feuillet d’un manuscrit … Continue reading

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Two Coptic Fragments Containing Extracts from Isaiah of Scetis: A New Manuscript Witness of the Asceticon

A few days ago, Dr. Heinzgerd Brakmann drew my attention to a Coptic parchment folio from the collection of the National Library in Paris. The leaf survived dismembered from its original binding and is currently bound as folio 147 in … Continue reading

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Additional Fragments from the Coptic Version of Ephrem Graecus

In a recent article, I presented two new Coptic fragments from pseudo-Ephrem.[1] They contain portions from the ascetical sermon De perfectione monachi (CPG 3971; Clavis coptica 0860). Some modern authors have mistakenly attributed this writing to Maximus the Confessor, but … Continue reading

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A New Witness to the Spiritual Homilies of Macarius in a Sahidic Manuscript

Under the name of Macarius the Egyptian, the great solitary from the desert of Scetis, have circulated numerous homilies, letters and other literary pieces which are sometimes labeled together as the “Macarian corpus.” I have recently identified some new fragments … 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 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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