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The Coptic Versions of the Minor Prophets


The Coptic Versions of the Minor Prophets presents a critical apparatus for the books of the Minor Prophets in Coptic. Each book has been thoroughly evaluated, with disagreements between the various texts noted and Latin translations offered for certain Coptic terms. The work also features brief introductory comments on each text, as well as thoughtful concluding remarks. This long out-of-print guide to the Minor Prophets will interest all who recognize the importance of the Coptic versions in LXX studies.

The volume is divided into three parts. The introductory Part I deals with the enumeration and description of the Coptic texts of the Minor Prophets, including the Akhmimic, Sahidic, Bohairic, and Fayumic texts. A list of Sahidic quotations are also presented.

Part II is devoted to a collation of Coptic texts. Codex Vaticanus is used as the standard with which the Coptic versions and other Greek MSS are compared. Latin translations of the Coptic variants are also given.

In Part III, Grossouw presents concluding statements. These include comments on the text character of the Bohairic and Upper-Egyptian versions, along with thoughts on the mutual relations of the Coptic versions.

Praise for the Print Edition

Grossouw has… done a fine piece of work, and especially noteworthy is his contribution on the pre-recensional type of Greek text.

—Henry S. Gehman, Journal of Biblical Literature

Product Details

  • Title: The Coptic Versions of the Minor Prophets: A Contribution to the Study of the Septuagint
  • Author: Willem Karel Maria Grossouw
  • Publisher: Editrice Pontificio Istituto Biblico
  • Publication Date: 1938
  • Pages: 126

About Willem Karel Maria Grossouw

Willem Karel Maria Grossouw (1906-1990) was a renowned Dutch Roman Catholic author, professor and priest. Widely read in his native Netherlands, he was noted for the progressive views he professed in his works and in public. He began a professorship at Radboud University Nijmegen in 1947, and retired from teaching in 1977. In 1969 he was dismissed from the priestly service for marrying his secretary Wilhelmina Johanna Sophia. His works include Spirituality of the New Testament, In Christ: A Sketch of the Theology of St. Paul and Revelation and Redemption: A Sketch of the Theology of St. John.