London, South Kensington
28 November 2011
GENESIS, Books VI and VII on a leaf from a Bible in BOHAIRIC COPTIC, MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM [Egypt, ?10th century]. Approximately 365 x 280mm, 36 lines in two columns written in black ink in uncial script, capitals in red (worn, losses to margins, loss affecting eight lines of text in one column, some soiling and a few letters overpainted).
This fragmentary leaf contains part of Genesis, from Book VI:14 to VII:19, with references to the Ark and the Flood, in the Bohairic Coptic translation of the Septuagint (for the text, see ed. Melvin K. Peters, 'A Critical edition of the Coptic (Bohairic) Pentateuch, Volume 1, Genesis', Septuagint and Cognate Studies Series no 19, c.1985). Bohairic, the northern dialect of Coptic, originated in the western Nile delta and is still the liturgical language of the Coptic Orthodox Church.
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