Nag Hammadi Archive

This important collection of photos documents the editing of the Nag Hammadi Library and related activities, in Egypt, during the mid-70s.  They include photographs of the editors working at the Coptic Museum in Cairo; from the archaeological work done around the spot of the find; and finally, a series of negatives of the manuscripts themselves, taken in 1973, distinct from the facsimile edition of the codices later published by Brill. Continue reading

Coptic Churches and Monasteries

One of a growing number of websites geared towards tourism but presenting useful overviews for students of religion in Late Antiquity.  It includes a reasonably accurate description of numerous historic Coptic churches, organized by region, with photographs, historical notes, and, occasionally, floor plans.  There is also a section on the Christian monasteries of Egypt.

http://www.touregypt.net/featurestories/coptchurch.htm

Banque de données des textes coptes documentaires

This site is a comprehensive, periodically updated database of Coptic documentary texts, administered by Alain Delattre of the Université Libre de Bruxelles.  Although users cannot browse it, there are a number of useful search options, including sigla (i.e., abbreviation for the collection in which it is published), inventory number (of the collection in which the text is located); material; dialect; origin; date; and a variety of content tags in French.  This data, when it exists, has been entered for each published papyrus; the Coptic text is not yet available. Continue reading

Claremont Coptic Encyclopedia

The Claremont Coptic encyclopedia is an “updated and continuously expanding and evolving web-based version of the Coptic Encyclopedia,” an exemplary multi-volume work published in 1991 (editor: Aziz Atiya), significantly ahead of similar resources in Syriac and Ethiopic Christianity. Continue reading

Bibliography on the History of Monasticism in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages

This is a growing bibliography (5,768 entries as of May 2012), of fundamental importance to the field.  Although it is not yet comprehensive, it is distinguished by its scope: Greek, Latin, Syriac, and Coptic monasticism are all covered; and early medieval monasticism, the study of which is usually inexplicably separate from its Late Antique past, is equally well represented, at any rate for the Latin West. Continue reading

Database of Coptic Textiles

The Department of Anthropology at the California Academy of Sciences offers this unique site has short introductions (with images) to Coptic weaving techniques and textiles, and a searchable photographic database of all 81 Coptic textiles in its Rietz collection; to my knowledge, no online resource of similar scope exists for this important form of Late Antique art. Continue reading

Alin Suciu on Coptic Literature and Codicology

This extraordinary site includes updates on Alin Suciu’s manuscript studies, mostly of homiletic, apocryphal, and ascetic literature; occasional guest posts by other scholars on their ongoing research; and an excellent collection of out-of-copyright Coptic editions and monographs. Continue reading