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Coptic Fonts and Keyboards

Coptic Unicode 5.1 Keyboard Layout (Windows Version)(MacVersion) This is my humble attempt at creating a MS Word-friendly keyboard which accesses the new Coptic Unicode 5.1 characters. Try it at your own risk : ) Template and setup directions are included in the download. Mac users will need to place the file in their "Keyboard Layouts" folder which can be found in their "Library." Look for the font choice under Corsican. Layout PDF.

Antinoou Coptic Unicode Font The International Association of Coptic Studies has commissioned what is currently the only Unicode 5.1 Coptic font, Antinoou. Antinoou is my default font for writing in English, French, German, Greek and Coptic. Sometimes, the English looks ugly on the computer screen, but the texts looks wonderful when printed. This is the stable version of the beta-version, Keft.

IFAO Coptic Unicode Fonts These are nice fonts, but they are not Unicode 5.1 so they do not have the conjoining strokes found in Keft (which is still in beta).

Coptic Unicode for Documentary Texts If I had an extra €200 sitting around, I would definitely buy the Copte Scripte font. The other fonts on the website look very nice.

Moheb Mekhaiel's Coptic Unicode Page Coptic Fonts N.B., the password is You should not use ASCI (i.e. non-Unicode) fonts, but this website has the many, many old fonts necessary to view legacy encoding.

Digital Bibles

Searchable Sahidic Bible I am a contributor to this evolving database which contains most of the known text of the Sahidic New and Old Testament. The database is envisioned as a tool for reconstruction the fragmentary remains of the White Monastery of Shenoute, and should be used with the Firefox addon or with the Chrome extension.

SMR Coptic Bible Database Don't get caught dead using those Schüssler citations! Use the Münster system which is not only of superior academic quality but also freely available online.

Coptic New Testament, lectionary and dictionary CD (All dialects, $25) I have found only very minor typographical errors in the Sahidic, but this is very reliable and based on the most current scholarly editions and the earliest continuous manuscripts. Hany Takla, the editor has included some of the important minor versions of the NT as well as the Sahidic and Bohairic.

Marc Multilingue Anne Boud'hours edited the Coptic witnesses to Mark, and they are freely available in PDF format. The project also offers transcriptions of the Greek, Latin and Syriac witnesses, and eventually aims to includes several other versions.

A downloadable Coptic-Arabic New Testament (Bohairic, free)

Sahidic New Testament and Nag Hammadi, PHI CD #5.3 and 7 (free) For scholars only! The search engines for this database are expensive, but I have found that Diogenes works very well and is free. Email the Packhard Humanities Institute for more information.

Remenkimi – NT and OTin Bohairic and Sahidic This is the only place to get electronic versions of the OT. You have to download many fonts and they do not have all the texts.

Sahidic and Bohairic Editions of George Horner Probably the worst pastor ever, George Horner managed to publish both the entire Sahidic and also the Bohairic New Testaments with extensive critical apparatuses and English translations.

Online tools

Coptic Scriptorium This bleeding-edge database includes a variety of Sahidic texts and tools. Although the creators are envisioning linguistics in the 21st century, many tools like the searchable texts and electronic version of Crum should be familiar to everyone working with Coptic language and history.

Crum's Dictionary David Instone Brewer's images of this standard work is searchable by Coptic letter. Crum's edition is the standard in Coptic research. It has recently been republished by Wipf and Stock.

Marcion Coptic Gnostic Texts This search software is a must-have if you are working with the Nag Hammadi Corpus. Watch out for the Coptic OT texts, though, some of which are transmogrifications from the Bohairic. This app is a customizable offline solution for searchable texts and digital access to Crum.

Banque de données des textes coptes documentaires This online database of all Coptic documentary texts is searchable in French. CMCL (Corpus of Coptic Literary Manuscripts) This is Tito Orlandi's database of Coptic Literary texts. The subscription costs 180 Euro.

Coptic Manuscripts Online

Phantoou Library Images My IWU student, Ronald Hurlocker optimized and indexed the approximately six thousand images in these codices.

Nag Hammadi Codices Images from Claremont Library

Bibliothèque nationale de France Coptic Manuscripts At one point, I tried to identify those which had been digitized and uploaded.

Christian Askeland (email)