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

Albrecht, Felix. 2018. “Zur Wirkungsgeschichte des Septuagintapsalters im ägyptischen Christentum. Die griechisch-koptischen Bilinguen.” In Die Septuaginta. Geschichte, Wirkung, Relevanz, edited by M. Meiser, WUNT 405, Tübingen, 481–495.
––––––. 2019. “The Septuagint Minor Prophets. Greek Tradition and Textual Variation.” In Les Douze Prophètes dans la LXX. Protocoles et procédures dans la traduction grecque. Stylistique, poétique et histoire, edited by C. Dogniez and P. Le Moigne, Vetus Testamentum. Supplements 180, Leiden: Brill, 99–112.
Albrecht, Felix, and Margherita Matera. 2017. “Testimonianze di παράγραφοι ‘a coda ondulata’ in alcuni manoscritti Greci e Copti.” Νέα Ῥώμη. Rivista di ricerche bizantinistiche 14: 5–35. URL: http://nea-rhome.uniroma2.it/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/nr14_albrecht-matera.pdf.
Albrecht, Felix, and Alin Suciu. 2017. “Remarks on a Coptic Sahidic Fragment of 3 Kingdoms, Previously Described as an Apocryphon of Solomon.” Journal of Biblical Literature 136: 57–62.
Atanassova, Diliana. 2016. “Die Zuweisung des sahidischen Ezechiel-Fragmentes BnF Copte 131(8) f. 127 zu seinem ursprünglichen Kodex sa 2041.” Journal of Coptic Studies 18: 1–5.
––––––. 2018. “Neue Erkenntnisse bei der Erforschung der sahidischen Quellen für die Paschawoche.” In Ägypten und der Christliche Orient. Peter Nagel zum 80. Geburtstag, edited by Frank Feder, Heike Behlmer, and Ute Pietruschka, Texte und Studien zur Koptischen Bibel 1, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1–37.
––––––. 2019a. “Neues Blatt aus der Bodleian Library für den Psalterkodex sa 2033 (BC sa 101).” Digital Edition of the Coptic Old Testament. August 22. URL: http://coptot.manuscriptroom.com/blog/-/blogs/neues-blatt-aus-der-bodleian-library-fur-den-psalterkodex-sa-2033-bc-sa-101-.
––––––. 2019b. “Sechs neue Blätter für den Psalmenkodex sa 2055 (BC sa 33) – Teil 1.” Digital Edition of the Coptic Old Testament. September 26. URL: http://coptot.manuscriptroom.com/blog/-/blogs/sechs-neue-blatter-fur-den-psalmen-kodex-sa-2055-bc-sa-33-teil-1-.
––––––. 2019c. “Sechs neue Blätter für den Psalmenkodex sa 2055 (BC sa 33) – Teil 2.” Digital Edition of the Coptic Old Testament. October 8. URL: http://coptot.manuscriptroom.com/blog/-/blogs/sechs-neue-blatter-fur-den-psalmenkodex-sa-2055-bc-sa-33-teil-2.
––––––. 2019d. “Sechs neue Blätter für den Psalmenkodex sa 2055 (BC sa 33) – Teil 3.” Digital Edition of the Coptic Old Testament. October 9. URL: http://coptot.manuscriptroom.com/blog/-/blogs/sechs-neue-blatter-fur-den-psalmenkodex-sa-2055-bc-sa-33-teil-3.
Behlmer, Heike. 2017. “The Use of the Psalms in Shenoute’s Tractate He Who Sits Upon His Throne.” In From Gnostics to Monastics. Studies in Coptic and Early Christianity in Honor of Bentley Layton, edited by David Brakke, Stephen J. Davis, and Stephen Emmel, Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 263, Leuven: Peeters, 315–30.
Behlmer, Heike, and Frank Feder. 2017. “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: 97–107. doi: https://doi.org/10.1628/186870317X14876711440169.
Behlmer, Heike, Frank Feder, and Ute Pietruschka, eds. 2015. Digitale Edition der koptisch-sahidischen Septuaginta. Fragestellungen und Herausforderungen. Beiträge zur internationalen Tagung vom 26./27. April 2013 im Koptischen Kloster der Jungfrau Maria und des Heiligen Mauritius in Höxter-Brenkhausen, Halle. URL: http://menadoc.bibliothek.uni-halle.de/id/1453421.
Feder, Frank. 2015. “Zur Geschichte der Erforschung der koptischen Septuagintaübersetzung.” In Digitale Edition der koptisch-sahidischen Septuaginta (I), Fragestellungen und Herausforderungen: Beiträge zur internationalen Tagung vom 26./27. April 2013 im Koptischen Kloster der Jungfrau Maria und des Heiligen Mauritius in Höxter-Brenkhausen, edited by Heike Behlmer, Frank Feder, and Ute Pietruschka, The Middle East Virtual Library, Halle: Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen Anhalt. URL: http://menadoc.bibliothek.uni-halle.de/id/1453421.
––––––. 2016a. “1.4.2 Coptic Translations.” In Textual History of the Bible. The Hebrew Bible, Vol. 1A: Overview Articles, edited by Armin Lange and Emanuel Tov, Leiden & Boston: Brill, 331a–345b.
––––––. 2016b. “Rez. zu: Schüssler, Karlheinz, Das sahidische Alte und Neue Testament. 2010.” Orientalistische Literaturzeitung 111: 310–314. doi: 10.1515/olzg-2016-0124.
––––––. 2017a. “6–9.2.2.1 Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel.” In Textual History of the Bible. The Hebrew Bible, Vol. 1B: Pentateuch, Former and Latter Prophets, edited by Armin Lange and Emanuel Tov, Leiden & Boston: Brill, 665a–671a.
––––––. 2017b. “Koptische Bibelfragmente der Berliner Papyrussammlung IV - Ein ausgesondertes (?) fragmentarisches Blatt mit Hiob 2,13; 3,1-7 und 3,7-10.” In Ägypten begreifen - Erika Endesfelder in memoriam, edited by Frank Feder, G. Sperveslage, and F. Steinborn, IBAES 19, Berlin-London, 113–16.
––––––. 2018. “Ein Pergamentblatt aus dem British Museum zu London (EA 75338) mit Jer 22,4–20.” In Ägypten und der Christliche Orient. Peter Nagel zum 80. Geburtstag, edited by Frank Feder, Heike Behlmer, and Ute Pietruschka, Texte und Studien zur Koptischen Bibel 1, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 77–84.
––––––. 2019a. “2.1.6 Coptic.” In Textual History of the Bible. The Deuterocanonical Scriptures, Vol. 2B: 2 Baruch/Jeremiah, 2.1 1 Baruch, edited by Frank Feder and Matthias Henze, Leiden & Boston: Brill, 24a–26b.
––––––. 2019b. “2.4.6 Coptic.” In Textual History of the Bible. The Deuterocanonical Scriptures, Vol. 2B: 2 Baruch/Jeremiah, 2.4 Letter of Jeremiah, edited by Frank Feder and Matthias Henze, Leiden & Boston: Brill, 99a–101b.
––––––. 2019c. “5.7.2.1 Coptic.” In Textual History of the Bible. The Deuterocanonical Scriptures, Vol. 2B: 5 Enoch, 5.7 Excursus: Other Enochic Literature, 5.7.2. 2 Enoch, edited by Frank Feder and Matthias Henze, Leiden & Boston: Brill, 370a–371a.
––––––. 2019d. “11.7 Coptic.” In Textual History of the Bible. The Deuterocanonical Scriptures, Vol. 2C: 11 Prayer of Manasseh, edited by Frank Feder and Matthias Henze, Leiden & Boston: Brill, 259.
––––––. 2019e. “12.7 Coptic.” In Textual History of the Bible. The Deuterocanonical Scriptures, Vol. 2C: 12 Psalms 151-155, edited by Frank Feder and Matthias Henze, Leiden & Boston: Brill, 312a–314a.
Feder, Frank, and Hans Förster. 2015. Biblia Coptica. Die koptischen Bibeltexte. Edited by Karlheinz Schüssler†. Vol. 2. Das sahidische Alte und Neue Testament: sa 181–260. Lfg. 2, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.
Plisch, Uwe-Karsten. 2018. “Der Codex Glazier als Quelle für die Erforschung der koptischen Septuaginta.” In Ägypten und der Christliche Orient. Peter Nagel zum 80. Geburtstag, edited by Frank Feder, Heike Behlmer, and Ute Pietruschka, Texte und Studien zur Koptischen Bibel 1, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 227–32.
Suciu, Alin. 2015a. “4 Ezra 5.33–40 in a Bilingual Copto-Arabic Holy Week Lectionary.” Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 24: 288–300.
––––––. 2015b. “On a Bilingual Copto-Arabic Manuscript of 4 Ezra and the Reception of This Pseudepigraphon in Coptic Literature.” Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 25: 3–22.
––––––. 2017. “3–5.2.2 Coptic Translations.” In Textual History of the Bible. The Hebrew Bible, Vol. 1B: Pentateuch, Former and Latter Prophets, edited by Armin Lange and Emanuel Tov, Leiden & Boston: Brill, 403b-409a.
––––––. 2018. “Sahidic Biblical Text Found Behind Qur’an Palimpsest.” Digital Edition of the Coptic Old Testament. April 30. URL: http://coptot.manuscriptroom.com/blog/-/blogs/sahidic-biblical-text-found-behind-qur-an-palimpsest.
––––––. 2019. “The Recovery of Two Parchment Leaves Containing Portions of Genesis in Sahidic.” Digital Edition of the Coptic Old Testament. July 9. URL: http://coptot.manuscriptroom.com/blog/-/blogs/the-recovery-of-two-parchment-leaves-containing-portions-of-genesis-in-sahidic.