Coptic manuscripts

This Coptic bible was thought to have been made between 700-900 C.E. in Wadi El Natrun in Egypt. The bible possibly belonged to the Kasr Deir es Surian, or Castle of the Monastery of the Syrians which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. The book is 14.9 by 10 cm and made of ink on parchment. The geometric design of the cross is a well known Coptic design and there is both Arabic and Coptic writing (for those who no longer read Coptic). The book is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This manuscript is a “cookbook” of magical spells, written between the 6th and the 7th centuries C.E. It is 19 by 64.5 cm, made of black ink on leather. The manuscript is in the British Museum, just like this one- and these
These particular magician’s notes were written about by W. E. Crum in two different articles (available from JStor)-
Magical Texts in Coptic: I & Magical Texts in Coptic: II.
Another JStor articles about the hoard- A Coptic Wizard’s Hoard by W. H. Worrell and The Coptic Wizard’s Hoard by Paul Mirecki.
More manuscripts can be seen on Coptic Icon E-Gallery (although there is no information about the manuscripts) and on There is also a collection at the Chester Beatty Library but you need to look through the images to see the online gallery.
Recommended reading
The Amherst papyri : being an account of the Egyptian papyri in the collection of the Right Hon. Lord Amherst of Hackney, F.S.A. at Didlington Hall by William Amherst, W.E. Crum and Percy Newberry. Via the Internet Archive.
Catalogue of the Coptic manuscripts in the British Museum by W.E. Crum. Via the Internet Archive.
Short texts from Coptic ostraca and papyri by W.E. Crum. Via the Internet Archive.
The Morgan Collection of Coptic Manuscripts. Unknown author. JStor article.
The J. P. Morgan Collection of Coptic Manuscripts by Henri Hyvernat. JStor article.

5 comments on “Coptic manuscripts

  1. John Hopper says:

    Such beautifully executed decorative work.

  2. dianabuja says:

    Well done – and nice references. BTW – your site will not let me ‘like’ you… or hit the ‘star’…

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