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"And from his side came blood and milk"

The Martyrdom of St Philotheus of Antioch in Coptic Egypt and Beyond
ISBN: 978-1-4632-3916-9
This book examines the function and development of the cult of saints in Coptic Egypt, focusing primarily on the material provided by the texts forming the Coptic hagiographical tradition of the early Christian martyr Philotheus of Antioch, and more specifically, the Martyrdom of St Philotheus of Antioch (Pierpont Morgan M583). This Martyrdom is a reflection of a once flourishing cult which is attested in Egypt by rich textual and material evidence. This text enjoyed great popularity not only in Egypt, but also in other countries of the Christian East, since his dossier includes texts in Coptic, Georgian, Ethiopic, and Arabic.

History of Eastern Christianity (paperback)

ISBN: 978-1-4632-4115-5
This book is a classic in the history of the Oriental Churches, which are sometimes portrayed as heretical in general church history books, if mentioned at all. Written by a Copt, it portrays the history of the faith of these non-Chalcedonian Churches with first-hand knowledge of their traditions. The author covers Alexandrine Christianity (the Copts and the Ethiopians), the Church of Antioch (Syriac Orthodox), the “Nestorian” Church of the East, the Armenian Church, the St. Thomas Christians of South India, the Maronite Church, as well as the Vanished Churches of Carthage, Pentapolis, and Nubia.

The Gnomai of the Council of Nicaea (CC 0021)

Critical text with translation, introduction and commentary
Edited and Translated by Alistair C. Stewart
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0260-6
The first English translation and first complete critical text of a neglected moral treatise from fourth-century Egypt, throwing fresh light on the social history of Egyptian Christianity and on the growth of the church-order tradition.

The Vision of Theophilus

The Flight of the Holy Family into Egypt
Edited and Translated by Juan Pedro Monferrer-Sala
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0550-8
A critical edition of a fragmentary Arabic manuscript (Mingana Chr. Arab. 18), together with a study which suggests that the three Arabic versions do not represent three different texts, but rather three versions all drawing on the same original text.

The Life and Works of Severus of Antioch in the Coptic and Copto-Arabic Tradition

Texts and Commentaries
ISBN: 978-1-61719-738-3
Severus of Antioch is by far the most prolific and well known theologian of the non-Chalcedonian churches. Although his life and writings came to our knowledge in Syriac, gaining him the title “Crown of the Syriac Literature,” many texts relating to his life and works survived in the Coptic and Copto-Arabic tradition, as well as a number of other texts that were traditionally attributed to him. This book provides an analysis of these texts as well as a discussion of the veneration of Severus of Antioch in the Coptic Church.

Saint Michael the Archangel

Three Enconiums by Theodosius, Archbishop of Alexandria; Severus, Patriarch of Antioch; and Eustathius, Bishop of Trake: the Coptic Texts with Extracts from Arabic and Ethiopian Versions
Edited and Translated by E. A. Wallis Budge
ISBN: 978-1-61143-102-5
This work consists of three different encomia of the Archangel Michael, each dealing with a different miracle.

The Nomocanonical Literature of the Copto-Arabic Church of Alexandria

ISBN: 978-1-61719-188-6
Nomocanons (manuals of law) in Eastern Christianity give insights into the whole civil and religious life of communities, families and individuals. Nomocanonical literature is particularly abundant in the Coptic tradition, and the Rev. Franz Joseph Cöln describes five Nomocanons of the Coptic Church with a short account of their contents.

The Book of Adam and Eve

A Book of the Early Eastern Church
Translation and Introduction by S. C. Malan
ISBN: 978-1-61143-830-7
This work narrates the history of the world from Adam to Jesus, presented in an English translation of Ethiopic and Coptic manuscripts. This exclusive translation of rare sources is recommended for readers interested in comparative religion, Oriental Orthodoxy, and biblical studies.

Seeing the God

Ways of Envisioning the Divine in Ancient Mediterranean Religion
Edited by Jeffrey B. Pettis
ISBN: 978-1-61143-251-0
"When people prayed, they expected their gods to come," wrote Robin Lane Fox, providing the impetus for this volume of collected essays exploring the concept of how the ancients “envisioned” the deities within various ancient religious traditions. The perspectives of Judaism, Gnosticism, Syriac Christianity, Byzantium, and Classical Greco-Roman religion and philosophy are considered. Specific emphasis is given to phenomena such as dreams, visions, and initiatory rites mediating the divine encounter.

The Temple of the Kings

At Abydos (Sety I.)
Series: Analecta Gorgiana 594
ISBN: 978-1-61719-486-3
This work consists of the first architectural description of the Temple of Seti I at Abydos, reporting the first full excavation of 1902.

Testi orientali inediti sopra i Sette Dormienti di Efeso

Edited and Translated by Ignazio Guidi
ISBN: 978-1-61719-764-2
The present work contains a number of previously unedited eastern Christian texts (Coptic, Syriac, Arabic, Ethiopic, and Armenian) related to the well-known legend of the Seven Sleepers, edited and translated by the eminent Italian scholar Ignazio Guidi.

Vie de S. Macaire l’Egyptien

Edition et traduction des textes copte et syriaque
ISBN: 978-1-61143-971-7
Saint Macarius the Egyptian’s (c. 300–390) virtue and spiritual exploits gave rise to various tales and sayings. These were recounted, some hundred years later, in hagiographical form, and were then disseminated in various languages of the Christian Orient, including Coptic, Syriac, Arabic, Ethiopic, Greek, and Georgian. This book presents a rare study of a text, taking into account its transmission in multiple languages, accompanied by newly re-edited Coptic and Syriac versions of the Life. This book also provides a commentary on the life of the “historical Macarius”, as well as the Life seen as a literary, hagiographical, work.

Ancient Egypt

ISBN: 978-1-59333-651-6
Rawlinson’s study of ancient Egypt surveys the land and people of Egypt before taking the development of the nation through historic chapters. Told in a level of detail to rival Breasted’s classic work on Egypt, this earlier study makes fascinating reading.

The Ramesseum

And the Tomb of Ptah-hetep
By James Edward Quibell; Contribution by Wilhelm Spiegelberg; In Collaboration With F. Ll. Griffith
Series: Analecta Gorgiana 591
ISBN: 978-1-61719-479-5
This work contains inscriptions from the Ramesseum in Thebes and the tomb of Ptahhotep at Thebes, as well as the archaeological work of 1896 in Egypt.


The Mirror of Civilization
ISBN: 978-1-61719-656-0
A history of tapestry from its Egyptian origins up to the author’s day.

El Arabah

A Cemetery of the Middle Kingdom; Survey of the Old Kingdom Tenemos; Graffiti from the Temple of Sety
ISBN: 978-1-61719-491-7
Report of the 1900 excavations of Abydos, which discovered some of the oldest Egyptian artwork

Hyksos and Israelite Cites

ISBN: 978-1-61719-487-0
Description of the excavations of several places in north-eastern Egypt in 1906

Der Benanbrief

Eine moderne Leben-Jesu-Fälschung des Herrn Ernst Edler von der Planitz
By Carl Schmidt; In Collaboration With Hermann Grapow
Series: Analecta Gorgiana 605
ISBN: 978-1-61719-436-8
This work reveals the uncovering of a forged letter about Jesus by the Berlin Professor of Theology with a consideration of the career and historical sense of the forger.

Epistulae Novi Testamenti Coptice

Edited by Paul de Lagarde
ISBN: 978-1-61719-048-3
Distinguished biblical scholar Paul de Lagarde provides an annotated Coptic version of the New Testament arranged by the General Epistles, preceding Pauline Epistles, and concluding with Philemon. Titles and references are in Latin.

Gnostike Schriften in koptischer Sprache

aus dem codex Brucianus
Edited and Translated by Carl Schmidt
ISBN: 978-1-61719-358-3
The two Books of Jeu and an unnamed Coptic Gnostic work, with a German translation; diagrams of the original reproduced in Greek.

The Modern Pronunciation of Coptic in the Mass

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 724
ISBN: 978-1-61143-018-9
The name Copt is restricted to the sect which has formed the national Christian Church of Egypt. This article is an attempt to illustrate the main characteristics of the church Coptic as it is uttered in Egypt today.

Catenae in Evangelia Aegyptiacae quae supersunt

Edited by Paul de Lagarde
ISBN: 978-1-61719-017-9
Catena on selected passages from the Gospels, from Eusebius of Caesarea and others.

Untersuchungen zur Nilus dem Asketen

ISBN: 978-1-61719-339-2
On the works of Nilus the Ascetic; the genuine and extensive fifth century correspondence and the spurious romance.

The Sahidic Translation of the Book of Job

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 178
ISBN: 978-1-60724-271-0
Generally considered the leading pre-Islamic dialect of Coptic, Sahidic is an important language for Orientalists. Perhaps because of its body of original, non-translated material, Sahidic is the Coptic dialect most commonly studied outside of ecclesiastical settings. Sahidic, however, is also used as a language of translation, as in this booklet containing the biblical book of Job in that dialect. Unparalleled as a source for beginners in Coptic, this small portion of the Bible presents a familiar starting point. Coptic scholars will also find this resource worth their time as an historical example of the language and its study. Known also as Thebaic, this form of Coptic was used for translating major portions of the Bible. Since it was used by the church as well, this tract will be of interest to biblical scholars as well.

Ein "Evangelium"-Zitat der manichäischen Kephalaia

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 508
ISBN: 978-1-60724-987-0
Anton Baumstark compares the text of a Gospel citation found in a Coptic Manichaean Kephalaia with other versions of the text in order to demonstrate that it was influenced by the Diatessaron tradition.