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Coptic-Arabic Gospel, Institut Catholique

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Topic: Coptic-Arabic Gospel, Institut Catholique
Posted By: Druzhina
Subject: Coptic-Arabic Gospel, Institut Catholique
Date Posted: 22 May 2015 at 17:42
This is an unusual Coptic manuscript as it is written in Arabic:" rel="nofollow - Coptic-Arabic Gospel, Institut Catholique Ms. Copte-Arabe 1, 1249-50 AD The Magi before Herod, The Massacre of the Innocents & Christ and the Centurion of Capernaum.
Like some 13th century Islamic manuscripts, all the people have a nimbus (halo) rather than just the holy. There are swords, spears and nāchakh, ṭabar or ṭabarzīn war axes." rel="nofollow - Beheading of John the Baptist" rel="nofollow - Betrayal by Judas, Christ Captive & Pilate Condemns Christ

MIRROR SITE" rel="nofollow - Coptic-Arabic Gospel, Institut Catholique Ms. Copte-Arabe 1, 1249-50 AD

Druzhina" rel="nofollow - Egyptian & Syrian Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers

Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 23 May 2015 at 15:44
That is interesting iconography for the Copts. The depictions look more Byzantine, or, indeed, Western than most Coptic iconography I have seen. Then again, I am far from an expert on the subject. Could you give us some more information about the style and the history of the text in this thread?


Posted By: Druzhina
Date Posted: 23 May 2015 at 16:44
The Tiraz bands on the arms are certainly an Arabic/Muslim influence.

You can compare them with illustrations from a couple of earlier Coptic manuscripts:" rel="nofollow - St. Theodore, Coptic, after Dec. 31, 867AD. Morgan MS. M.0613" rel="nofollow - Illustrations from a Coptic Gospel, Damietta, Egypt, 1179-80

Another christian group living under Muslim rule are Syriac. Compare the illustrations from a couple of manuscripts written in Syriac:" rel="nofollow - Syriac Gospel, Ms. Additional 7170, British Library, London, c.1220" rel="nofollow - Jacobite-Syriac Lectionary of the Gospels, Monastery of Mar Mattai near Mosul, 1220
and to an Arabic manuscript of similar date:" rel="nofollow - Na't al-hayawan a medical treatise, Baghdad, c. 1220

Druzhina" rel="nofollow - 13th Century Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers

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