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Dictionaries

DICTIONARIES From the time when the Copts, like other nations or linguistic entities, felt the need to have at their disposal in writing the equivalents, exact or approximate, of the words of their language, attempts were made to compose modest lists of bilingual vocabulary; these may justly be considered the ancestors of modern Coptic dictionaries. …

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Shams Al-Ri’asa Abu Al-Barakat Ibn Kabar (?-1324)

SHAMS AL-RI’ASA ABU AL-BARAKAT IBN KABAR (?-1324) A Priest, encyclopedist, scholar of Coptic. The writer known to contemporaries as al-Shams ibn Kabar provides one of the last great examples of the flowering of Arabic-language Coptic Orthodox literature in the 13th and early 14th centuries. Ibn Kabar served for a time as scribe to the Mamluk …

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Yuhanna

YUHANNA The bishop of Samannud (c. 1240), one of the first four bishops consecrated on 29 July 1235 by the patriarch Cyril (1235-1243) in the CHURCH OF ABU SAYFAYN in Old Cairo. As bishop, he signed a new judicial code (3 September 1238) and was first signatory of a protocol on the ranking of bishops …

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Athanasius

ATHANASIUS The bishop of Qus of the eleventh or fourteenth century, who wrote books on the Coptic language. According to G. Graf and G. Bauer, the title of his grammar, Qiladat al-Tahrir fi ‘Ilm al-Tafsir (Necklace of Writing for the Science of Translation) gives the only known information on his life. It says he was …

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Mu’taman Abu Ishaq Ibrahim Ibn Al-‘Assal

MU’TAMAN ABU ISHAQ IBRAHIM IBN AL-‘ASSAL, (Mu’taman al-Dawlah) Apparently the third and youngest brother of al-As‘ad Abu al-Faraj Hibat-Allah ibn al-‘Assal, the second being al-Safi Abu al Fadail ibn al-‘Assal (Safi al-Dawlah). He lived in the first half of the thirteenth century, though no precise date could be assigned to him from the sources. Mallon …

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