Tag Archives: codicology

On Coptic Literary Fragments and the Principles of Editing Them

Here are some thoughts on editing Coptic manuscript fragments, especially those from the Monastery of Shenoute. This is part of a longer article which I will publish in the 2014 issue of the Journal of Coptic Studies. UPDATE (AUGUST, 2015): You … Continue reading

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Memorabilia: Georg Zoega on Reconstructing Coptic Manuscripts from Scattered Leaves

As the readers of my blog probably know well, the main challenge of Coptic literature is the fragmentary state in which most of the manuscripts in this language are preserved. Of course, I am not referring to the late Bohairic … Continue reading

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A Solved Riddle: The Authorship of a Coptic Encomium on the Archangel Gabriel

In a previous blog post (August 2011), I drew attention to the editio princeps of P. Vindob. K 9670, a parchment leaf in Vienna which had been published by Hans Förster in a recent issue of the Zeitschrift für Antikes … Continue reading

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Orientalia Article

My article concerning three supplementary leaves from a Coptic parchment codex which contained texts attributed to Athanasius of Alexandria (CPG 2190 & 2191) appeared in the latest issue of the journal Orientalia (ed. by the Pontificium Institutum Biblicum, Rome). The … Continue reading

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Kartvelological Summer School “Georgian Script” (July 17-26, 2012, Tbilisi)

I received from Dr. Buba Kudava, the director of the National Centre of Manuscripts in Tbilisi, an interesting announcement concerning the Kartvelological Summer School “Georgian Script,” which shall take place from 17th to 26th July 2012 in Tbilisi, Georgia. “The … 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 Unknown “Apocryphal” Texts from the White Monastery: Update

The article which I wrote with Einar Thomassen (University of Bergen) concerning a gospel-like apocryphon has appeared in the Festschrift Tito Orlandi: A. Suciu & E. Thomassen, “An Unknown ‘Apocryphal’ Text from the White Monastery,” P. Buzi & A. Camplani (eds.), … 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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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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Two Other Scraps from a Parchment Leaf Containing the Apocryphal Acts of John in Coptic

Recently, I reported that one of the Coptic fragments which were auctioned by Sotheby’s in July 2009 contains a portion from Metastasis Iohannis. This apocryphal writing, originally written in Greek, is actually part of the Acts of John (chapters 106-115). Those … 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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A Further Fragment from the Apocryphal Acts of John in Coptic: Once Again Concerning the Sotheby-Bolaffi Fragments

I have already discussed several times the ten Coptic fragments which were sold by Sotheby’s in July 2009. I was in Vienna when the auction took place and, as Cornelia Römer was at that time the director of the papyrus … Continue reading

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About Some Coptic Fragments on the Dormition of the Virgin

(This post would have been impossible without the invaluable help of David Tibet, aka Anok Pe) My friend Hans Förster has recently published with Walter de Gruyter a volume that brings together a number of Coptic fragments on the Dormition … Continue reading

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An Encomium on the 12 Apostles Attributed to Severian of Gabala: New Sahidic Fragments

(Kudos is due again to Rev. James M. Leonard) Sever Juan Voicu published recently in the journal Apocrypha an extensive article concerning the apocryphal traditions in the Encomium on the 12 Apostles ascribed to Severian of Gabala.[1] This text is … Continue reading

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The Discovery of an Extract from “De Passione et Cruce” by Pseudo-Athanasius of Alexandria in a Coptic Patristic Florilegium

(Thank you, David Tibet, for helping me with this post!) The homily De Passione et Cruce Domini (CPG 2247) is amongst the most interesting documents ascribed to Athanasius of Alexandria. In a recent article, I showed that an extract from … Continue reading

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A New Fragment of the Life of Moses of Abydos (Formerly Attributed to a Homily on Penitence by Shenoute of Atripe)

In the field of Coptic studies, it often happens that an isolated manuscript fragment which does not bear any clear detail as to allow its instant identification, is wrongly attributed to a particular author or work. This is largely due … Continue reading

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An Encomium on the Archangel Gabriel of Unknown Authorship

In a recent issue of Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum, Hans Förster published the editio princeps of P. Vindob. K 9670, a Sahidic parchment folio from the collection of the National Library in Vienna.[1] The fragment seems to come from an … Continue reading

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Pseudo-Athanasiana

The draft version of an article concerning the identification of several Coptic fragments that contain writings attributed to Athanasius of Alexandria (including a letter of the patriarch to Horsiesius, the head of the Pachomian congregation). The paper can be read … Continue reading

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The Homilies on the Epistle to the Hebrews by John Chrysostom: A Complement to the Coptic Version

The series of the Homilies on Hebrews (CPG 4440; PG 63, coll. 9-236) was traditionally ascribed to John Chrysostom’s last years in Constantinople (403-404). However, this assumption has been challenged recently by Pauline Allen and Wendy Mayer,[1] the two scholars … Continue reading

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