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The Coptic Versions

BRUCE M. METZGER

in The Early Versions of the New Testament

Published in print October 1977 | ISBN: 9780198261704
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682209 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198261704.003.0002
The Coptic Versions

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This chapter begins by discussing the introduction of Christianity into Egypt and the translation of the New Testament into Egyptian (Coptic) language. Coptic represents the last phase in the development of the ancient Egyptian language. It then discusses the early manuscripts of the Coptic versions of the Bible such as the Sahidic version, Achmimic version, Sub-Achmimic version, middle Egyptian version, Fayyumic version, and the Bohairic version. Finally, it analyses several Coptic versions, which reveal textual profiles characteristic of the several sections of the New Testament.

Keywords: Christianity; New Testament; Egypt; Egyptian; Coptic; Sahidic; Achmimic; Sub-Achmimic; middle Egyptian; Fayyumic

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Subjects: Biblical Studies ; Early Christianity

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