Egypt Exploration Fund   [Hrsg.]
Archaeological report: comprising the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund and the progress of egyptology during the year ... — 1895-1896

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Progress of Egyptology.

The Rev. H. Goussen, of Strassburg, has rendered a service to all New
Testament students by his publication, as the first volume of a somewhat
formidable series—" omnium N. Test, versionum orientalium editiones
historiasque criticas "—of the Sa'idic text of the Apocalypse.3 Some
passages in this version had already been (dited elsewhere, but it is
here for the first time printed from a very fine and interesting MS.,
preserved partly in Berlin, partly in London. This MS. is of very
great age, and though the version exhibited is not one of any remarkable
individuality, the text itself is of great philological interest. The Coptic text
is compared throughout—in a manner somewhat perfunctory and super-
ficial—with the Greek of Westcott-Hort. The editor takes occasion to
make an attack in passing upon those who would see in the Bohairic version
the influence of " Western readings,"—an attack directed presumably
against a writer in the last edition of " Scrivener."

Prof. Hyvernat, who has published so little of late years, begins in the
Revue Biblique 4 a series of papers on the Coptic versions of the Bible
which, to judge from the opening number treating of the dialects,
promise to be clearly written and helpful to the public for which they
are intended.

The Rev. Forbes Robinson is the editor, in the Cambridge Texts and
Studies? of a very valuable collection of all the known texts, whether
printed or in MS., relating to the lives of our Lord and His parents, and
giving either different accounts of facts to be found in the canonical
gospels or telling of events which these do not mention. Not all the
fragments contained in the volume can be exactly regarded as belonging to
actual " apocrypha." Some of them are merely passages incidentally
occurring in sermons; though Mr. Robinson did indeed meet with
several sermons which contained versions of gospel narratives so much
elaborated as to be almost "apocryphal." A remarkable fact in
connection with these texts is that, unlike most of the apocrypha otherwise
known, some of them appear to deal with the period of Christ's ministry.
Mr. Robinson has given the first English translations of the texts (pub-
lished by Lagarde) of the " Falling asleep of Mary " and the " Death of
Joseph," and also the texts of several interesting Sa'idic fragments
which he has been at great pains in copying and collating in Italy and
elsewhere. In printing the Coptic texts it has been the editor's aim to
reproduce exactly the punctuation, accentuation, &c, of his originals.
He has adopted Stern's method of word-division in preference to that of
Erinan, and has, in his preliminary descriptions, given very useful
details regarding the ornamentation of the various MSS., which will
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