English translation of the Epistula Apostolorum now online

A note from Dr Anthony Alcock to say that he has translated the Coptic Epistula Apostolorum for us all.  The PDF is here:

So what is this text?  It seems to be a Greek text of the 2nd century A.D., extant only in translation, in a fragmentary Coptic version; in a complete Ethiopic version, probably made from the Coptic via an Arabic intermediary; and in a Latin palimpsest.  Dr Alcock has translated the Coptic text for us.

I must make it clear that this is not a work of scholarship, merely an attempt to present a reliable English version of the Coptic text in the hope that it may be of some use to those interested in early Christian literature.

 Undoubtedly it is.  Well done!

Update: I find that Dr Alcock has also published this at Alin Suciu’s excellent blog here.  The more the merrier!

4 Responses to “English translation of the Epistula Apostolorum now online”


  1. Walter Dunphy

    Thanks to you and Dr Alcock!
    BTW Check out Jstor – something’s happening…

  2. Roger Pearse

    Thank you! I’d forgotten how much good stuff was on there.

  3. dianabuja

    Caught this on Alin’s webpage – so intereseting to see the ‘ladder’ of transmissions, and similar, of course, for the demotic…

  4. Roger Pearse

    Yes, the process of transmission is really interesting!