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“Me, This Wretched Sinner”: A Coptic Fragment from the Vision of Theophilus Concerning the Flight of the Holy Family to Egypt

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Abstract The Vision of Theophilus is one of the important apocryphal narratives concerning the flight of the Holy Family to Egypt. Although the text is known to survive in Arabic, Ethiopic and Syriac, a lost Coptic original has long been accepted by scholars. The present paper introduces a hitherto unidentified fragment from the Coptic version of this text. The fragment came from the White Monastery in Upper Egypt and it is currently kept in the National Library in Paris. The fragment is edited in this article together with its Arabic and Ethiopic parallels.

Affiliations: 1: Hiob Ludolf Zentrum für Äthiopistik Alsterterrasse 1 20354 Hamburg Germany


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