SIMAN IBN ABI NASR AL-TAMADA’I
A thirteenth-century copier of a manuscript now in the Coptic Museum, Cairo. It is a text of the four Gospels in Bohairic Coptic, beautifully decorated in black, red, and gold, with numerous miniature letters of pharaonic inspiration. The manuscript (Bible 92) contains 327 large-format sheets (34 x 25 cm), with twenty-three lines to the page. The first two sheets are missing. The colophon (fol. 327b) gives some interesting information, which is translated in Horner (p. 104).
Sim‘an was a priest from Tamada. He copied the manuscript when he was living in Cairo in the quarter of Qasr al-Sham‘. He probably lived in the residence of the donor of the manuscript, the shaykh al-Ra’is al-Amjad Abu al-Majd, son of the shaykh al-Akram Abu al-Muffaddal. Al-Amjad donated this manuscript to the Church of the Mu‘allaqah, situated in the Qasr al-Sham‘ in Old Cairo.
- Graf, G. Catalogue de manuscripts arabes chrétiens conservés au Caire, p. 65, no. 152. Vatican City, 1934.
- Horner, G. W. The Coptic Version of the New Testament in the Northern Dialect, pp. 102-104. London, 1898-1905.
KHALIL SAMIR, S. J.