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Coptic Society

Beginning in late 2003, the St. Shenouda Society received its first actual manuscript. It was bifolium or a double folio of an Ethiopic manuscript. As time went the manuscript collection began to take shape. for a number of years, the Society planned a limited exhibit of new acquisitions twice a year, one during the Annual Conference and another toward the end of September. Eventually in early 2014, an appropriate place in the Business building where the St. Shenouda Center was in provided the perfect setting for a permanent educational exhibit of the Society holdings of both manuscripts and facsimile of important biblical codices. Thanks to the inspiration of St. Mark's Coptic Museum in Toronto, Canada, the St. Shenouda Cultural Museum became a reality. Currently we have a permanent developing exhibit of the Bible in Egypt that display the rich heritage of Egypt in this regards.

Egypt has preserved to the World Civilization Four different language traditions of the Bible:

  • The Greek Papyri and Uncial Vellum Manuscripts
  • The oldest complete Hebrew bibles
  • The Coptic
  • The Coptic in Arabic translation

These four ancient and important biblical traditions are exhibits in combination of Facsimile volumes, Replicas, and original manuscripts. In addition the exhibit shows how these biblical tradition went from the manuscript age into the print age, from Greek, Hebrew, and Coptic texts to what eventually circulated in Egypt nowadays in Arabic. Two other aspects of the survived Biblical tradition in Christian Egypt is also exhibited; Liturgical volumes with Biblical selections and in Iconography in the form of reproductions of Neo-Coptic Iconography existing in Egypt now.

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