AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF COPTIC LITURGICAL FRAGMENTS, in the Sahidic dialect, on papyrus and vellum
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AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF COPTIC LITURGICAL FRAGMENTS, in the Sahidic dialect, on papyrus and vellum

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AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF COPTIC LITURGICAL FRAGMENTS, in the Sahidic dialect, on papyrus and vellum
[Egypt, 5th to 7th centuries]
THREE SIGNIFICANT PACKETS OF FRAGMENTS, all framed in glass, including: a 5th-century papyrus fragment based on Psalm 103/104 (P. Feinberg 2), 50 x 85mm, 8 lines on recto and 8 lines on verso written in dark brown ink in square, 3mm-high letters slanting slightly to the right, the spelling, according to Feinberg, phonetic, revealing local dialectal peculiarities and possibly containing a revised text -- see L. Feinberg, 'A Papyrus Text of I Kingdoms (I Samuel)' in The Harvard Theological Review, vol.62, no 3, pp.349-356; three 6th-century papyrus fragments labelled fr.1, fr.2 and fr.3 and containing a Homily on the parables in Matthew 13.13-50, possibly from an apocryphal gospel, fr.1 the largest at 123 x 76mm and with 13 lines of text written in dark brown ink on recto and 12 on verso, frs.2 and 3 both with 12 on recto and 11 on verso, all written in dark brown ink in neat, 5mm-high 'biblical uncials'; three late 6th-, possibly 7th-century fragments from a Coptic Psalter on vellum, 155 x 130mm, the text on the recto written in 19 lines in brown ink in uncial script and containing part of Psalm 68, from 7-14, the verso 16-21.

The translation of the text of P. Feinberg 2 and its orthographical and syntactical idiosyncrasies occasioned a long and at times heated correspondence between Feinberg and Richard Parker and William R. Schroeder at Brown University, with Schroeder's final letter to Feinberg on the matter concluding: 'We can all hope that the other fragments which you possess contain a more normal form of Coptic'. (3)
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