OSWALD HUGH EDWARD BURMESTER (1897-1977)
A British scholar of Orthodoxy and the Eastern churches. He obtained his doctorate at Cambridge University in 1933. From 1946 on, he lived in Egypt, serving first as senior lecturer in classics at the University of Alexandria and then, for over twenty years until his death, as professor at the Coptic CLERICAL COLLEGE in Cairo and librarian of the SOCIETY FOR COPTIC ARCHAEOLOGY. During that period he concentrated on Coptic studies and produced abundantly in the field of Coptology. He authored numerous books and articles in the fields of liturgy and Coptic history.
Apart from numerous articles, his most important works are: Le Lectionnaire de la Semaine Sainte, in PO 24-25, Paris, 1933 and 1939; “Turuhat of the Coptic Church,” Orientalia Christiana Periodica 3 (1937):78- 109, 505-549); A Guide to the Monasteries of the Wadi `n Natrun (Cairo, 1954); “The Coptic-Greek-Arabic Holy Week Lectionary of Scetis,” Bulletin de la Société d’archéologie copte 16 (1962):83- 137); The Rite of Consecration of the Patriarch of Alexandria, text according to MS 253 Lit.-Coptic Museum, Cairo, 1960; The Egyptian or Coptic Church: A Detailed Description of Her Liturgical Services and the Rites and Ceremonies Observed in the Administration of Her Sacraments, Cairo, 1967.
A more complete bibliography of Burmester has been compiled by O. Meinardus in Bulletin de la Société d’archéologie copte 23 (1976-1978):235-44.
- “In Memoriam,” articles by M. B. Ghali, L. H. Rasch, O. Meinardus, and I. Ebeid. Bulletin de la Société d’Archéologie copte 23 (1976-1978):1-2, 3-4, 309-310, 311-13. “In Memoriam.” Le Monde Copte 10 (1983):56-57.
- Meinardus, O. F. A. “Bibliography of Prof. Dr. O. H. E. Burmester.” Bulletin de la Société d’Archéologie copte 23 (1976-1978):235- 44.
MIRRIT BOUTROS GHALI