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|Abstract:||The collection consists of a scroll and bound volume in a pouch were prepared in the mid-nineteenth century in the church's time-honored tradition. Both manuscripts are on vellum and rubricated. The bound volume with wooden board covers is encased in its original leather sling pouch. In content the works are meditational, excerpting portions of the Psalms and entitled the Book of David in Ge'ez, the script used in these works.|
The Coptic Church has been an active force for Christianity in Africa for centuries. "The Coptic Church is based on the teachings of Saint Mark who brought Christianity to Egypt during the reign of the Roman emperor Nero in the first century, a dozen of years after the Lord's ascension. He was one of the four evangelists and the one who wrote the oldest canonical gospel. Christianity spread throughout Egypt within half a century of Saint Mark's arrival in Alexandria as is clear from the New Testament writings found in Bahnasa, in Middle Egypt, which date around the year 200 A.D., and a fragment of the Gospel of Saint John, written using the Coptic language, which was found in Upper Egypt and can be dated to the first half of the second century... Although fully integrated into the body of the modern Egyptian nation, the Copts have survived as a strong religious entity who pride themselves on their contribution to the Christian world. The Coptic church regards itself as a strong defendant of Christian faith. The Nicene Creed, which is recited in all churches throughout the world, has been authored by one of its favorite sons, Saint Athanasius, the Pope of Alexandria for 46 years, from 327 A.D. to 373 A.D." -- "The Christian Coptic Orthodox Church Of Egypt." Encyclopedia Coptica. http://www.coptic.net/EncyclopediaCoptica/ (Retrieved February 12, 2009)
Arranged in chronological order.
Coptic Scriptures, 18--. MS 1247. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.