Category Archives: Bible

An Unusual Sahidic Lectionary Manuscript

Under the siglum sa 297L, Schmitz and Mink’s list of the Sahidic New Testament manuscripts mentions a number of fragments from a lectionary which belonged the Monastery of Shenoute, i.e. the White Monastery. Schüssler’s Biblia Coptica designates the same manuscript … Continue reading

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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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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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Ivan Miroshnikov’s Article on the Sahidic Version of 4 Maccabees

In April 2012, Ivan Miroshnikov (University of Helsinki/Centre for Egyptological Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences) published on this blog an excerpt from his transcription and translation of the (fragmentary) Sahidic version of 4 Maccabees. His edition of all the Sahidic … Continue reading

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Two New Articles on the von Scherling Collection of Coptic Papyri

1. Fragments of a Sahidic Codex of the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles My new article, which concerns three fragments from a Sahidic manuscript containing the Apocryphal Acts of the apostles, appeared a few days ago in the latest issue … Continue reading

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A Fragment from Genesis in Sahidic Sold at Christie’s

In memoriam Karlheinz Schüssler Scholars of Coptic literature must be familiar not only with the content of the papyrological collections around the world but, as far as possible, also with different manuscripts or manuscript fragments which sometimes surface from private … Continue reading

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“I am the King, I am the Son of the King”. Psalm 71:1 (LXX) in the Apocryphon Berolinense/Argentoratense (aka Unbekanntes Berliner Evangelium), Coptic Literature and Patristics (Paper Delivered in Honour of Peter Nagel)

On April 26-27 I participated in a symposium organized on the occasion of Peter Nagel’s 75th anniversary. The symposium took place at the Coptic monastery of St. Mary and St. Mauritius in Höxter-Brenkhausen (near Göttingen). There I had the opportunity … Continue reading

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Photographs of White Monastery Fragments on Gallica Website

It was a nice surprise to discover a few days ago that the National Library in Paris put up on the Gallica website photographs of some of the Sahidic parchment fragments in their possession. More precisely, they have uploaded until … Continue reading

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Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik Article

My edition of the Coptic fragments in the Trinity College in Dublin appeared in the latest issue of the Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik. You can download it for free here: A. Suciu, “Coptic Biblical Fragments in the Possession of … Continue reading

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Christie’s Auction of an Early Christian Papyrus Document

On June 13, Christie’s will be organizing an auction that will include the opportunity to purchase several Coptic manuscripts. The details of this auction can be found on their website (HERE, HERE, or HERE). From the information supplied by Christie’s, … Continue reading

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Two Joint Fragments from the Proverbs of Solomon in Coptic and the Extinction of the White Monastery Library

I have presented here several times some interesting cases of torn leaves from the library of the Monastery of Apa Shenoute (or the White Monastery), which can be reconstructed out of two or more fragments which are presently scattered around … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Diliana Atanassova on the Coptic Liturgical Typika from the White Monastery

Diliana Atanassova is member of the Copus dei Manoscritti Copti Letterari project (Hamburg/Rome) and research fellow at the Department of Biblical Studies and Ecclesiastical History, Faculty of Catholic Theology of the Salzburg University. N.B.: A much longer (and slightly different) … Continue reading

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An Old Testament Pseudepigraphon in Coptic: Yet Another Manuscript from the Sahidic Version of the Testament of Isaac

Here and here I wrote about the identification of some papyrus fragments which belonged once to the Catholic University in Louvain. They have been among the few unidentified items published by Louis Théophile Lefort in his catalogue of the Coptic … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Ivan Miroshnikov on 4 Maccabees in Coptic

According to David A. deSilva, 4 Maccabbees: Introduction and Commentary on the Greek Text in Codex Sinaiticus (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2006), xi, there are two most important witnesses to the Greek text of 4 Maccabees, Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Alexandrinus. deSilva … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Christian Askeland on the Coptic Versions of the Gospel of John

In earlier posts, Alin announced his discovery of several previously unidentified fragments of the Fayumic New Testament.  These discoveries are particularly exciting for those of us involved in the textual criticism of the New Testament. In 1874, the Bishop of … Continue reading

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New Fragments of the Gospels in Fayyumic

The remnants of several Fayyumic Biblical codices which belonged to the White Monastery survive scattered in various modern collections. They were studied over the course of time by several scholars. For her part, Anne Boud’hors published some of the fragments … Continue reading

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Concordance of the Sahidic New Testament

An invaluable resource for the study of Coptic literature: the concordance of the Sahidic version of the New Testament, published in the Corpus Scriptorum Christianorum Orientalium series. L.-Th. Lefort, Concordance du Nouveau Testament sahidique, I. Les mots d’origine grecque (CSCO, … Continue reading

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Coptic Bible Resources

Some useful resources for the study of the Coptic Bible: H. Hyvernat, “Étude sur les versions coptes de la Bible I,” Revue biblique 5 (1896) 427-433, 540-569 H. Hyvernat, “Étude sur les versions coptes de la Bible II,” Revue biblique … Continue reading

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A Hitherto Unnoticed Coptic Fragment from the Apocalypse of John

Earlier this year, my friend Christian Askeland completed and defended successfully his doctoral thesis at the University of Cambridge. The title of his dissertation is “John’s Gospel: The Coptic Translations of Its Greek Text,” and it was already accepted for … Continue reading

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