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Manichaen psalm book



Critical edition of the Sunday psalms and the two groups of psalms contained in the first part of the Coptic-Manichaen psalm book

Manichaen research is still receiving impetus by the interpretation of the discovery of new manuscripts. Among the most important discoveries is the Manichaen collection of Medinet Madi at Faijum, Egypt, consisting of seven codices in the Coptic language, which was found in an antique bookshop in the late twenties and which is preserved in an equal measure at the papyrus collection of the Berlin and the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin. A substantial part of this collection has not yet been published. Of particular importance to research is the Manichaen psalm book, which is a large collection of psalms grouped together according to various criteria, used on different occasions in Coptic-Manichaen communities of the 4th and 5th centuries. The first part of the psalm book has so far only been available in the form of a facsimile edition of 1988 by Søren Giversen but, apart from the provisional publication of a few texts, is still unpublished. Within the framework of Series coptica of the project “Corpus fontium manichaerum” (A. Van Tongerloo H. Van Oort, S.N.C. Lieu) funded by the Union académique internationale and UNESCO an entire new edition or initial edition, respectively, of the psalm book is in prepared. The project’s aim is to provide a critical diplomatic edition and a German translation of three groups of psalms for the Series coptica of the project CFM. We are dealing with the group of “Sunday psalms” (No. n 119-130) as well as the following groups of psalms comprising No n 131-135 and 136-149. The edition, shaped according to the model of the previous volumes of the CFM, comprises a critical apparatus as well as a translation on each opposite page. It further aims to compile the words and morphems contained in the text of the three groups of psalms. The project is funded by the Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences, Research and The Arts as well as the University of Augsburg and employs a jointly financed scientific assistant. It serves the completion of the research project within the framework of the Heisenberg grant of the project leader.

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