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An Ascetic Fragment from Montserrat: Aphorisms of Paul of Tamma and Anoup

In the latest issue of the Journal of Coptic Studies, Sofía Torallas Tovar (University of Chicago) brings to our attention an unidentified Sahidic parchment fragment currently kept in the Montserrat Abbey, situated near Barcelona (P. Monts. Roca inv. no. 735).[1] … 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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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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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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Abba Isaiah of Scetis: Bibliography 2

The first part of the bibliography here Monk Augoustinos, Tou hosiou patros hemon abba Esaiaou logoi 29 (Jerusalem 1911) John Chryssavgis and P. R. Penkett, eds., Abba Isaiah of Scetis: Ascetic Discourses (CS 150; Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications, 2002)

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A New Fragment from the Sayings of the Desert Fathers: The University of Pennsylvania Coptic Fragment E 16395

Dr. Janet Timbie, from the Catholic University of America, informed me some time ago that Robert A. Kraft has been working on a catalogue of the manuscripts and papyri held in the University of Pennsylvania Museum. Those interested in the … Continue reading

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The Louvain Papyrus Fragments from the Asceticon of Abba Isaiah

Recently, I wrote on the blog about some papyrus fragments of a codex which contained the Coptic version of the Asceticon of Abba Isaiah. The fragments were kept in the library of the Catholic University in Louvain, but they were … Continue reading

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Once Again on the Asceticon of Abba Isaiah

During the past year, I have presented several times new manuscripts containing the Coptic version of the Asceticon of Abba Isaiah. Thus, I had the opportunity to write, however briefly, about 1) the first fragments from the Bohairic version of … Continue reading

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J.-C. Guy, Recherches sur la tradition grecque des Apophthegmata Patrum

J.-C. Guy, Recherches sur la tradition grecque des Apophthegmata Patrum (Subsidia hagiographica, 36; Bruxelles: Société des Bollandistes, 1962). The book (66.5 MB) is available here. Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, MS K321b verso. Parchment leaf with the text of the Apophthegmata Patrum … Continue reading

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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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Pachomian Bibliography 3

E. König, “Die Regeln des Pachomius,” Theologische Studien und Kritiken 51 (1878) 328‑332 P. Ladeuze, “Les diverses recensions de la vie de S. Pakhôme et leurs dépendances mutuelles,” Le Muséon (1897) 148‑171 P. Ladeuze, “Les diverses recensions de la vie … Continue reading

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Pachomian Bibliography 2

L. Th. Lefort, “Théodore de Tabennêsi et la lettre pascale de S. Athanase sur le canon de la Bible,” Le Muséon 29 (1910) 205‑216 L. Th. Lefort, “La Règle de S. Pachôme (étude d’approche),” Le Muséon 34 (1921) 61‑70 L. … Continue reading

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Pachomian Bibliography 1

E. Amélineau, Monuments pour servir a l’histoire de l’Egypte chrétienne au IVe siècle. Histoire de Saint Pakhome et de ses communautés (Annales du Musée Guimet, 17; Paris: Ernest Leroux, 1889) F. Halkin, Sancti Pachomii Vitae Grecae (Subsidia Hagiographica, 19. Brussels: … 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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