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Sunday, October 21, 2012



Un documentaire de Jackie Bastide (France, 2012, 52mn)

d’aPrès Une idée originale de Gail de courcy-ireland

Produit Par Jean-Jacques Beineix et carine le Blanc (cargo Films)

Une coProdUction : arte France, cargo Films, cnrs images
avec la collaboration scientifique 

du musée du louvre 
et le soutien du centre du cinéma et de l’image animée et de la Procirep
SAMEDI 20 OCTOBRE 2012 à 20.45

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

C. Askeland, John's Gospel The Coptic Translations of its Greek Text

Askeland, Christian  John's Gospel
The Coptic Translations of its Greek Text
Series:Arbeiten zur neutestamentlichen Textforschung 44

Aims and Scope
This monograph explores the history of the Coptic tradition of John’s gospel, considering when these ancient Egyptian witnesses are profitable for determining the earliest readings of their Greek source text. The standard critical edition of the Greek New Testament cites the Coptic versions no fewer than 1,000 times in John’s gospel. For these citations, that edition references six dialectally distinct Coptic translations: the Achmimic, Bohairic, Lycopolitan (Subachmimic), Middle Egyptian Fayumic, Proto-Bohairic, and Sahidic versions. In addition to examining these, this project considers newly published texts from the Fayumic and Middle Egyptian traditions.

Apart from a pivotal article on Coptic and New Testament textual criticism by Gerd Mink in 1972, Coptological research has progressed with only limited contact with Greek textual criticism. The discovery of various apocryphal Christian texts in Coptic translations has further diverted attention from Greek textual criticism. This project contributes to this subject area by applying recent advances in Coptology, and exploring the various facets of the Coptic translations. In particular, the monograph investigates (1) translation technique, (2) Greek-Coptic linguistic differences, (3) the reliability of the Coptic manuscript tradition, (4) the relationships between the Coptic versions, and (5) relevant contributions from the scholarly community.

John’s gospel is extant in more Coptic dialectal versions than any other biblical text. As a result, the gospel offers unique insight into the nature of the ancient Egyptian Christian communities.

Series:Arbeiten zur neutestamentlichen Textforschung 44
To be published:October 2012ISBN:978-3-11-028143-9

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

C. Borges, C.M Sampson, New Literary Papyri from the Michigan Collection

New Literary Papyri from the Michigan Collection

Mythographic Lyric and a Catalogue of Poetic First Lines
Three new fragments from amongst the oldest Greek papyri 

Cassandra Borges and C. Michael Sampson

ISBN: 9780472118076
6 x 9. 200 pgs. 9 illustrations. 

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New texts from Greek antiquity continue to emerge on scraps of papyrus from the sands of Egypt, not only adding to the surviving corpus of classical and Hellenistic literature, but also occasionally offering a glimpse into how these poems were studied in antiquity. New Literary Papyri from the Michigan Collection: Mythographic Lyric and a Catalogue of Poetic First Lines presents three such new texts: an innovative lyric poem on the Trojan cycle, a scholarly anthology of lyric verses, and a brief but enigmatic third text. Cassandra Borges and C. Michael Sampson offer the original Greek text of these pieces, along with their scholarly commentary, analyzing their features in a variety of contexts—historical, cultural, poetic, mythological, religious, and scholarly.
The fragments collected here are of considerable antiquity (late third to second century BCE) a fact that is significant inasmuch as it places them among the oldest Greek papyri, but all the more so because in this period, a scholarly community was thriving in Ptolemaic Alexandria, the political and cultural capital of Hellenistic Egypt. The fragments bear witness to that scholarly activity: not only is their anthology of poetic verses consistent with other scholarly selections, but the very survival of these texts may well be at least partially indebted to the work of the Alexandrians in studying and propagating Greek literature in Egypt.

This edition supplements the 1970s work of Reinhold Merkelbach and Denys Page. Recent digitizing for the APIS project revealed a previously unsuspected join with other material, however, which alone warrants a new, comprehensive edition and analysis.

Cassandra Borges is a CFD Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in Classics at Bowdoin College.
C. Michael Sampson is Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Manitoba.

Image: P.Mich. inv. 3250c (recto) in the infrared spectrum (750 nm). Photo courtesy of the Ancient Textual Imaging Group, Brigham Young University.