Wadi al-Natrun and Coptic Literature

Maged S.A. Mikhail and Mark Moussa

in Christianity and Monasticism in Wadi al-Natrun

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9789774162602
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970474 | DOI:
Wadi al-Natrun and Coptic Literature

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This chapter reports the literary works found in the ancient libraries of Wadi al-Natrun, as well as the scholarly works and studies being done on them. In particular, it provides a brief overview of Coptic literature and the current status of research in this field of study. It also mentions that the connection between literature and monasticism goes back to the very beginning of the Coptic period. It specifically gives an overview of the history and importance of Wadi al-Natrun. It then offers a summary of interesting points and presents examples for the several problems that Coptology is dealing with. In general, it is hoped that this chapter shows that the old manuscripts of the Wadi al-Natrun, which transmit a history of nearly 1,000 years, hand over to the readers the responsibility for large parts of the heritage of Coptic literature.

Keywords: Wadi al-Natrun; Coptic literature; Coptology; ancient libraries; monasticism; Coptic period; manuscripts

Chapter.  8364 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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