An email last night brought with it a text and English translation of a Coptic text, Abbot Shenoute “I have heard about your wisdom” (the Discourse in the presence of Flavian or Ad Flavianum ducem), made by Dr Anthony Alcock. Alin Suciu has discussed this text somewhat here. The slightly unusual title is in fact the incipit.
The PDF, which I have renamed, is here:
The works of Shenoute seem to have remained determinedly offline, yet this forceful figure of the late 4th-early 5th century is exceedingly important in the history of Coptic Christianity, and the transition from official paganism to official Christianity. It is very good to have at least something online! Thank you.
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I think there might be Coptic publishers in English, but I am not sure that this stuff is online. Our local Egyptian church seems to have endless book lists for ordering, but they keep them in the church basement under their hands. (Maybe to avoid Muslim harassment, I don’t know.)
Of course, a lot of that is modern material, like current teachings of various patriarchs.
Modern Coptic literature does exist on the web, but mainly on Arabic websites, I think.