Digital Edition of the Coptic Old Testament Digital Edition of the Coptic Old Testament

Project Description

The Digital Edition of the Coptic Old Testament is a long-term project at the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities. It fills a huge lacuna, as no modern edition of the Bible in Coptic exists. The project aims to provide a complete documentation of the manuscript evidence, digital editions of all OT manuscripts, critical editions of all OT books, corpus-linguistic analyses and translations into English, German and Arabic.

Aims and Methodology

  • Codicological and textual reconstruction of all extant witnesses to the Coptic-Sahidic Old Testament
  • Standardised system for naming Coptic biblical codices
  • Development of digital tools for the Coptic Bible / Coptic literature

Digital Workflow

Outcomes

  • Digital editions (diplomatic & critical) and translations of the OT 
  • Huge corpus of digitised texts for the lexicography, dialectology and linguistic history of Ancient Egyptian
  • With cooperation partners
    • a digital edition and information gateway for the entire Coptic Bible
    • a virtual library of Coptic literature and manuscripts
    • integrated digital linguistic analysis and lexicography tools
    • digital text re-use and digital stylometry research 

Publications

  • F. Feder: “1.4.2 Coptic Translations”, in: A. Lange and E. Tov (eds.), Textual History of the Bible. The Hebrew Bible, Vol. 1A: Overview Articles (Leiden & Boston: Brill, 2016), 331a–345b
  • A. Suciu: “3–5.2.2 Coptic Translations”, in: A. Lange and E. Tov (eds.), Textual History of the Bible. The Hebrew Bible, Vol. 1B: Pentateuch, Former and Latter Prophets, 3–5 Former Prophets, 3–5.2 Secondary Translations (Leiden & Boston: Brill, 2017), 403b-409a
  • F. Feder: “6-9.2.2.1 Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel”, in: A. Lange  and E. Tov (eds.), Textual History of the Bible. The Hebrew Bible, Vol. 1B: Pentateuch, Former and Latter Prophets, 6-9 Latter Prophets, 6-9.2 Secondary Translations, 6-9.2.2 Coptic Translations (Leiden & Boston: Brill, 2017), 665a–671a
  • H. Behlmer, F. Feder, U. Pietruschka (eds.), Digitale Edition der koptisch-sahidischen Septuaginta. Fragestellungen und Herausforderungen, Halle 2015
  • H. Behlmer, U. Schmid, Towards a New Digital Edition of the Coptic Old Testament, in: M. Ayad (ed.), Studies in Coptic Culture: Ordinary Lives, Changing Times (Cairo, 2017)
  • H. Behlmer, F. Feder, “The Complete Digital Edition and Translation of the Coptic Sahidic Old Testament. A New Research Project at the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities”, Early Christianity 8 (2017), 97–107.