Guest Post: Anthony Alcock – The Investiture of the Archangel Michael in English

Anthony Alcock translated into English the Investiture of the Archangel Michael, an apocryphal text which has survived in Coptic (Sahidic and Fayyumic), Gǝʿǝz, Old Nubian, and Greek. The Investiture of Michael is one of the apostolic memoirs, a group of Coptic apocryphal writings which I studied in my PhD dissertation (and also in my book, which I hope to appear within the next two months or so). Remarkably, this is the only apostolic memoir extant in Greek. The Greek text is preserved in a single damaged parchment fragment discovered at Serra East, in Christian Nubia. However, the Serra East fragment is written in such a poor Greek idiom that it emerges plainly, at least in my opinion, that this version must be an imperfect translation made either from Coptic or from Old Nubian.

Alcock’s translation was made from Sahidic, with occasional references to the Fayyumic text. You can download the document HERE.

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Conferință despre literatura coptă la București: “Biblioteca Mănăstirii Albe: centru al culturii monastice în Egiptul copt”

Dacă sunteți în București pe 28 noiembrie, vă invit la NEC de la ora 17 pentru prelegerea “Biblioteca Mănăstirii Albe: centru al culturii monastice în Egiptul copt”. Voi vorbi despre dezmembrarea manuscriselor Mănăstirii Albe, situată în Egiptul Superior, lângă Sohag, și importanța reasamblării lor pentru studiul literaturii copte.

A doua zi, pe 29 noiembrie, va avea loc un workshop cu cercetătorii care participă la cursul The Bible in linguistic context. Introduction to the Coptic language, care se derulează de  câțiva ani deja la NEC. Sunt onorat de invitația pe care mi-a făcut-o echipa de la București, mai ales pentru că este prima prelegere pe care o țin în România.

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Coptic Sushi, SBL, San Antonio 2016

sushi-zushi-colonnadeI will not be attending the SBL conference this year (I plan to have my first SBL in Boston next year), but here is an important announcement from Christian Askeland:

By popular demand, the biggest Coptological party of the year will once again occur at an establishment of fine sushi. RSVP in the comments here or by emailing Christian Askeland.

Monday, 21 November 19:15

Sushi Zushi (click for the exact location)

http://www.sushizushi.com/Locations/SanAntonio.aspx

Many attendees will probably be coming from the following session:

Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism

11/21/2016

4:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Room: Crockett B (4th Level) – Grand Hyatt (GH)

Theme: Gnostic Writings, Sayings, and Histories

René Falkenberg, Aarhus Universitet, Presiding

Sarit Kattan Gribetz, Fordham University

Women as Readers of the Nag Hammadi Codices (20 min)

Eric Crégheur, Université d’Ottawa

On Plants, Spices and Gems: How Feasible are the Baptismal Rituals in the “Books of Jeu”? (20 min)

J. Gregory Given, Harvard University

Four Texts from Nag Hammadi amid the Fluidity of the “Letter” in Late Antique Egypt (20 min)

Discussion (15 min)

Geoffrey S. Smith, University of Texas at Austin

Medicine and Polemic in Tertullian’s Version of the Valentinian Sophia Myth (20 min)

Emanuel Fiano, Fordham University

The Theory of Names of the Gospel of Truth (20 min)

Einar Thomassen, Universitetet i Bergen

Did Gnostics Have a Concept of History? (20 min)

Discussion (15 min)

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Complete Facsimile Edition of the Coptic Codices from Hamuli Online

We all owe a debt of gratitude to Ronald Hurlocker and to his supervisor, Christian Askeland, for making available on archive.org the massive facsimile edition of the Morgan Library & Museum’s Coptic codices which belonged to the Monastery of the Archangel Michael at Hamuli, in the Fayyum (Henri Hyvernat (ed.), Codices coptici photographice expressi: Bibliothecae Pierpont Morgan. Rome, 1922).

You can access the collection HERE.

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Job Opening for the Project Katalogisierung der Orientalischen Handschriften in Deutschland/Cataloguing of Oriental Manuscripts in Germany

This is a two-year fixed term position starting at the earliest possible date on or after October 15, 2016. An extension of the contract beyond the initial two-year term may be available. The project (planned completion date: December 31, 2022) is based in Berlin. The position is part-time (50%) on the public service scale TV-L E 13. There is the possibility (not yet finalised) for a full-time appointment from July 1, 2017, depending on funding being made available.

The appointee will be responsible for the following tasks:

•       Catalogisation of Coptic manuscripts, ostraca and papyri from German collections, chiefly from the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection Berlin, in an online database

Requirements are specifically:

·       Ph.D. or M.A. (or equivalent) in the areas of Coptic Studies, Theology/Religious Studies, Egyptology, Christian Oriental Studies, Byzantine Studies or related fields. Opportunities for further training are available.

·       A solid knowledge of Coptic language and the textual tradition of Christian Egypt. Some expertise and experience in the area of Philology/Editions and Manuscript Studies/Codicology is welcome.

Candidates are expected to have:

·      Willingness and ability to quickly familiarise themselves with the tasks at hand

·       Familiarity with modern databases and online research

·       Language skills in Ancient Greek and German. Other language skills, in particular in French or ancient languages other than Coptic are helpful.

·      Excellent time management and good teamwork skills.

The Göttingen Academy of Sciences is an equal opportunity employer. In case of identical qualifications applicants with disabilities will be considered on a preferential basis.

Closing date: September 30, 2016

Please send your application (cover letter, CV, copies of relevant diplomas, publication list, if applicable) – in electronic form – to:

Professor Heike Behlmer (hbehlme at uni-goettingen dot de)

Please direct any enquiries about the project to the same address. General project information can also be found here.

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Guest Post: Anthony Alcock – Johann Michael Wansleben on the Coptic Church

“The text that follows translates the chapter ‘Relatione dello stato eccelesiastico dei Copti’ on pp. 130-221 of the book entitled Relazione dell Stato presente dell’Egitto, written after Wansleben’s first stay in Egypt and published in 1671.”

Download the document PDF.

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Papers Presented by the Göttingen Crew at the Recently Concluded Congress of Coptic Studies

Six members of the Göttingen University and Göttingen Academy participated in the recently concluded 11th International Congress of Coptic Studies (Claremont, CA, July 25-30): Heike Behlmer, Frank Feder, So Miyagawa, Troy Griffitts, and myself.

Thus, Frank Feder organized together with Siegfried Richter (University of Münster) the panel “Prospects and Studies for the Reconstruction and Edition of the Coptic Bible,” and spoke about “Reconstructing and Editing the Coptic Bible: The Münster-Göttingen Collaboration for a Complete Reconstruction and Edition of the Coptic Sahidic Bible.” In the same panel, Heike Behlmer presented a paper entitled “Paul de Lagarde, Agapios Bsciai and the Edition of the Coptic Bible.” Frank also organized with Christian Askeland (Indiana Wesleyan University) the “Coptic Digital Tools for Beginners Workshop.”

Troy Griffitts and So Miyagawa participated in the panel “Coptic Digital Humanities,” chaired by Carrie Schroeder (the University of the Pacific). So read a paper which he prepared together with Marco Büchler, from the Göttingen Center for Digital Humanities, who unfortunately could not attend the congress. Their talk was titled “Computational Analysis of Text Reuse in Shenoute and Besa.” Another member of our team, Uwe-Karsten Plisch, gave a talk on the Mesokemic codex Glazier and its relevance for the Coptic translation of the Septuagint.

IMG_5106Finally, I delivered the paper “Recovering a Hitherto Lost Patristic Text: Greek and Coptic Vestiges of Melito of Sardis’ De Baptismo” in the panel “Early Christian Literature Preserved in Coptic,” organized and chaired by Timothy Sailors (Tübingen University).

IMG_5109The abstracts of all the papers presented at the congress, including those mentioned above, can be read HERE.

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