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Beginning August 13 , 1999, the Society held its second general conference of Coptic Studies which lasted for two full days, on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), through the courtesy of the University authorities and the hard work of the Coptic Collegiate Club there. It dealt with a wide range of subjects related to Coptic Studies. Bishop Samuel of Shibin al-Qanater, Egypt was again both an attendee and a participant. He delivered the opening address for the first day. Bishop Serapion, the Coptic bishop of Los Angeles and its surrounding areas, was also in attendance and delivered the opening Address on the second day. There were about 22 presentations over the two-day period delivered by scholars, students, clergy, and laymen. Over 100 people were attended on either or both days. The passing of Prof. Paul van Moorsel deprived the attendees from the pleasure of meeting him, but his colleagues made sure that his work was represented, including a wonderful address sent by Dr. J. van der Vliet about the upcoming Congress of Coptic Studies in Leiden. This event was a watershed mark in the Society's efforts to promote scholarly research among the Coptic Community.
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The Society's monumental work in publishing the treasures that the Coptic Heritage possesses, has continued. Work on the first 42 volumes of the Biblical Section, CB1-CB42, is 65% complete. It is hoped that a preliminary edition of them will be published in CD format by the Summer 2000.
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a. COEPA: This year, the Society made an agreement with COEPA to distribute their products in the US which is related to our work. So far two CD titles have been added to our list, one audio and on Computer one. There are another two that will be announced in the next issue of the Newsletter. COEPA also was granted distribution rights for our Coptic CD in Australia.
b. Image Digitizing: With the purchase of a new scanner with transparency-scanning capabilities, we are experimenting with image digitizing directly from the microfiche. We are also utilizing the equipment for the digitizing of the Coptic Encyclopedia images.
c. Computer at the Coptic Center: This year we added two new IBM PC's and one Mac to our Los Angeles Coptic Center (LA) as well as a new special scanner to handle transparencies. A new Intranet is still planned to better serve the users of the facilities.
d. Global Access (Internet): This year we continued our solid presence on the internet. Our current web address is still: HTTP://WWW.STSHENOUDA.COM. The site was recognized as one of the top 50 World-wide in the category of Language grammar on the basis of the number of links made to it from other sites. The traffic grew to an average of about 20,000 hits a month with visitors from nearly every state in the US as well as 45 different countries over all 6 continents. Two major bibliographies in the field of Coptic History and Coptic Liturgy has been posted and there are plans for more in the future.
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During the past year the library grew to about 1,500 volumes of material in the different branches of Coptic Studies. We expanded the library in nearly every section of its more than 14 different sections. We are continuing the expansion and the development of the library to contain all the necessary references required by those who want to learn and/or to research the Coptic Heritage. The most notable additions, including items on order, were as follows:
a. Coptic Art/Architecture/Inscriptions: Butler, Ancient Churches of Egypt , 2 vol. (1884); Daumas, F. & A. Guillaumont Kellia I Kom 219 Fouilles Executees en 1964 et 1965 Facs.I (1969); Junker, H. Das Kloster am Isisberg (1922); Marangou, L. Benaki Museum - Coptic Textiles (1971); Thomas, T.K. Textiles from Medieval Egypt AD 300-1300 (1990); Wessel, K. Coptic Art (1965); Zaloscer, H. Agyptische Wirkerein (1962)
b. Coptic Bible, Old & New: Anonymous, Ethiopic New Testament (1927); Bauer, D.R. Biblical Resources for Ministry: A Bibliography of Works in Biblical Studies ; Böhlig, A. Untersuchungen über die Koptischen Proverbientexte (1936); Böhlig, A. Codex: Book of Proverbs (Facsimile of Berlin Ms of Akhmimic Proverbs) (Leipzig 1963); Bosson, N. Worterverzeichnitz zu G. Gabras Ausgabe des Psalters... (1997); Ciasca, A. Sacrorum Bibliorum Fragmenta Copto-Sahidica Musei Borgiani v.1 (1885); Conybeare, F.C. Grammar of Septuagint Greek (Updated 1995); Diebner, B.J & R. Kasser, Hamburg Papyrus Bil. 1 (1989); France, R.T. A Bibliographic Guide to New Testament Research (1983); Fitzmyer, J.A. An Introductory Bibliography for the study of the Scripture (1990); Hanhart, Septuaginta V.VIII,3 Esther ; Hanhart, Septuaginta V.VIII,4 Judith ; Hanhart, Septuaginta V.XII,1 Sapientia Salomonis ; Hanhart, Septuaginta V.VIII,5 Tobit ; Hoskier, H.C. Concerning the Date of the Bohairic Version covering a detailed Examination of the text of the Apocalypse (1911); Husselman, E. The Gospel of John in Fayumic Coptic (P.Mich Inv. 3521) (1962); Jousson, A. Die Koptischen Versionen Der Apostelgeschichte - Kritik und Vertung (1963); Muraoka, T. Hebrew/Aramaic Index to the Septuagint ; Oden, T.C. (Ed), Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture (ACCS) New Testament II. Mark (1998); Oden, T.C. (Ed), ACCS New Testament VI Romans (1998); Oden, T.C. (Ed), ACCS New Testament VIII Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians (1999); Olofsson, S. God Is My Rock: A Study of Translation Technique and Theological Exegesis in the Septuagint ; Sharpe, J. et al The Bible as Book - The Manuscript Tradition (1996); Tattam, H. Prophetae Maiores - in Dialecto Linguae Aegyptiacae Memphitica seu Coptica , 2 vol. (Reprint-1989); Thompson, H. A Coptic Palimpsest Containing Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Judith ... in the Sahidic Dialect (Reprint); Thompson, H. The Coptic Sahidic Version of Certain Books of the Old Testament (1908); Till, W. Die Achmimische Version der Zwölf Kleinen Propheten (1927); Wessely, C. Sahidisch-Griechische Psalmenfragmente (1907); Wessely, C. Sahidische Papyrusfragmente der Paulinischen Briefe (1914); Wessely, C. Die Wiener Handschrift der Sahidischen Acta Apostolorum (1913); Wevers, Notes on Greek Text of Deuteronomy ; Wevers, Notes on Greek Text of Exodus ; Wevers, Notes on Greek Text of Leviticus ; Wevers, Septuaginta V.II,2 Leviticus ; Wevers Septuaginta V.III,1 Numeri ; Ziegler, Septuaginta V.XVI,1 Ezechiel (1977); Ziegler, Septuaginta V.XII,2 Iesu Filii Sirach (1980); Zeigler, Septuaginta V.XI,4 Iob (1982); Ziegler, Septuaginta V.XIV Isaias ; Ziegler, Septuaginta V.XV Jeremias, Baruch
c. Coptic Festschrifts and conference proceedings: Coquin, R-G. Melanges Antoine Guillaumont - Contribution a l'Etude des Christianismes Orientaux (1988); Krause, M. & S. Schaten Themelia - Spatantike und Koptologische Studien Peter Grossmann zum 65 Geburtstag ; Polotsky, Collected Works (1971).
d. Canon Law and Legal Texts: Ellis, S.P. Graeco-Roman Egypt (1992); Harnack, Sources of the Apostolic Canons (1895); Hefele, C.J. A History of the Councils of the Church v.2 AD 326-429 (1876); MacCoull, L.S.B. Greek and Coptic Papyri in the Freer Gallery of Art (Diss. 1977); Rolandson, J. Women and Society in Greek and Roman Egypt (1998); Steinwnter, A. Das Recht der Koptischen Urkunden (1955); Till, W.C. Die Koptischen Ostraca der Papyrussammlung der Osterreichischen NationalBibliothek (1960); Till, W. Koptische Schutzbriefe (1938)
e. Cataloges of Manuscripts/Bibliographies: Blochet, E. Catalogue des Manuscrit Arabe de Nouv. Acq. (1925); Crum, W.E. Catalogue of the Coptic Manuscripts in the Collection of the John Rylands Library (1909); Crum, W.E. Short Texts form Coptic Ostraca and Papyri (1921); Crum, W.E. Varia Coptica. Texts and Translations (1939); Depuydt, L.W., The Historical Study and Catalogue Raisonne of the Coptic Collection in the Pierpont Morgan Library (I-V) (Diss. 1990); Hilmy, Prince Ibrahim Literature of Egypt and Soudan , 2-vol in one (reprint); Lucchesi, E. Repertoire des Manuscrits Coptes (Sah) Publ. de la Bibliotheque Nationale (1981); Zanetti, U. Les Manuscrits de Dair Abu Maqar - Inventaire (1986)
f. Coptic Hagiography: Budge, E.A.W. The Martyrdom and Miracles of St. George (1888); O'Leary, D. The Saints of Egypt (1937); Pietersma, A. The Acts of Phileas Bishop of Thumis P.Chester Beatty XV (1984); Reymond & J.W.B. Barnes Four Martyrdoms from the Pierpont Morgan Coptic Codices (1998); Winstedt, E.O. Coptic Texts on St. Theodore the General ... (Reprint);
g. Coptic History and Geography: Al-Sayyid, A.L. Egypt and Cromer - A Study in Anglo-Egyptian Relations (1968); Armanios, F. Egypt for which Egyptians? Copts and the Egyptian Nationalist Movement, 1882-1919 (MA Thesis 1998); Bell, H.I. Jews and Christians in Egypt - The Jewish Troubles in Alexandria (1924); Bowman & Rogan (Ed) Agriculture in Egypt from Pharonic to Modern Times (1999); Browne, G.M. Chrysostomus Nubianus-An Old Nubian Version of Ps-Chrysostom (1984); Butler, A. Arabic Conquest of Egypt and the Last Thirty Years of Roman Dominion (Reprint-1998); Charles R.H. The Chronicle of John, Coptic Bishop of Nikiou (Reprint); Hanna, Fr. Shenouda Who are the Copts (1967); Hourani, A. A History of the Arab People (1991); Hardy, E.R., Christian Egypt: Church & People - Christianity and Nationalism in the Patriarchate of Alexandria (1952); Ibrahim, S. The Copts of Egypt (1995-6); Petry, C.F. (Ed), The Cambridge History of Egypt (CHE), V.1 Islamic Egypt 640-1517 (1998); Petry, C.F. (Ed) CHE V.2 Modern Egypt 1517 to end of 20th Century (1998); Petry, C.F. The Civilian Elite of Cairo in the Later Middle Ages (1981); Philipp, T. & U. Haarmann (Ed.). The Mamluks in Egyptian Politics and Society (1998); Robertson, R. The Eastern Christian Churches - A Brief Survey 6th ed. (1999); Roberts, C.H. Manuscript, Society and Belief in Early Christian Egypt (1977); Sellers, The Council of Chalcedon: A Historical and Doctrinal Survey ; Tadros, Ramzy. Copts in the 20th Century vols 2,3,4 [Arabic] (1911); Wakin Lonely Minority ; Watterson, B. Coptic Egypt (1988); Wendell, C. The Evolution of the Egyptian National Image from its Origins to Ahmad Lutfi al-Sayyid (1972); Worrell, A Short Account of the Copts (1945); Zachoura, E. Kitab Mirat al-Asr Fi Tarikh ... Akaber al-Rigal li Misr pt.1 [Arabic] (1897)
h. Coptic and Other Language: Callender, J.B. Studies in the Nominal Sentence in Egyptian and Coptic (1984); Cerny, Coptic Etymological Dictionary (1976); Cerny, J. & S.I. Groll A Late Egyptian Grammar , 4th ed. (1993); Chaine, M. La Proposition Nominale dans les Dialectes Coptes (1955); Depuydt, L. Conjunction, Contiguity, Contengency (1993); Kasser, R. Complements au Dictionaire Copte de Crum (1964); Mallon, A. Grammaire Copte 3rd Edition (1926); Murray, A. Elementary Coptic (Sahidic) Grammar (1911); Plumley, J.M. An Introductory Coptic Grammar (Sahidic Dialect) (1948); Shisha-Halevy, A. Coptic Grammatical Categories (1986); Spiegelberg, W. Koptisches Handwörterbuch (1921); Strasbach, Dictionaire Inverse du Copte (1984); Vergote Grammaire Copte Ib Part Diachronique (1983)
i. Coptic Liturgy: Cuming, G.J. The Liturgy of St. Mark edited from the Manuscripts with a Commentary (1990); Fenwick, J.R.K. The Anaphoras of St. Basil & St. James - An Investigation into Their Common Origin (1992); Hammerschmidt Die Koptische Gregoriosanaphora (1957); Moftah, R. et al. The Coptic Orthodox Liturgy of St. Basil with Complete Musical Transcription (1998); O'Leary, D. The Coptic Theotokia (1923); O'Leary, D. The Difnar of the Coptic Church Part II (1928); Taft, R. Beyond East and West - Problems in Liturgical Understanding (1997); Yarnold, E. The Awe-Inspiring Rites of Initiation (1994); Woolley, R. Coptic Offices (1930)
j. Coptic Literature/Patristics: Bamberger, Evagrius Pontius - the Praktikos - Chapters on Prayer (1981); Foat, M.E. I Myself Have Seen: The Representation of Humanity in the Writings of Apa Shenoute of Atripe (Diss. 1996); Halton, T (Ed), Message of the Fathers of the Church , 19 Volumes (1977-86); Johnson, M.E., The Prayers of Serapion of Thmuis (1995); Rius-Camps, J. The Four Authentic Letters of Ignatius, the Martyr (1980); Taylor, T. Arguments of the Emperor Julian Against the Christians (1999); Torrance, Christology after Chalcedon Severus of Antioch and Sergius the Monophysite (1988)
k. Coptic Monasticism: Amelineau, Des Moines Egyptiens-Vie de Schenoudi (1889); Chaine, M. Le Manuscit de la Version Copte en Dialecte Sahides Apophthegmata Patrum (1961); Frankfurter, D. (Ed) Pilgrimage and Holy Space in Late Antique Egypt (1998); Goehring, J. Ascetics, Society, and the Desert: Studies in Early Egyptian Monasticism (1999); Krawiec, R.S. Women's Life in Shenute's White Monastery: A Study in Late Antique Egyptian Monasteries (Diss. 1996); MacDermot, V. Cult of the Seer in the Ancient Middle East ; Moussa, M, Abba Moses of Abydos (MA Thesis 1998); Ramsey, B. John Cassian, The Conferences ACW57 (1977); Steenken, J.G., The Holy and Sociopolitical Character of Early Coptic Monasticism (Diss. 1987); Wellard, Desert Pilgrimage (1970)
l. Coptic Theology/Religion: Uqbit, T. Current Christological Positions of Ethiopian Orthodox Theologians (1973); Frankfurter, D. Religion in Roman Egypt - Assimilation and Resistance (1998);
m. Coptic Apocrypha/Gnosticism: Attridge. Nag Hammadi Codex I,2 Notes ; Layton, B. Nag Hammadi Codex II,2-7 with XIII,2, BL.Or 4926(1) ... 2 vols; Parrott. Nag Hammadi Codices V,2-5 & VI with P.Berol.8502 1&4 ; Pasquier, A. L'Evangile selon Marie (BG1) ; Pearson, B. Nag Hammadi Codices IX and X ; Till, W.C. Die Gnostischen Schriften des Koptischen Papyrus Berolinensis 8502 (1955)
n. Periodicals: The most recent issues of Coptic Church Review, Al-Risala Newsletter, Sunday School Magazine, St. Mark Magazine, and the monthly book of the Patristic Center in Egypt. We received numerous offprints from our corresponding colleagues
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The Advanced Coptic Seminar, continued its work on the Homily of St. Cyril of Alexandria on the Three Holy Youth as well as selections from the Bohairic Genesis. Sessions of Coptic I , II of the Coptic Seminary were or are being held at the Center as well as in the Bellflower campus. A new Coptic class began for children 8-13 years old.
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a. Newsletter - Subscriber's Edition: Four issues of volume two of the Subscriber's Edition were published and mailed to our members and others selected individuals throughout the world. We also continued with the abridged regular edition for non-members.
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Prepared by Hany N. Takla 12/31/2003
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