Close to two weeks ago, the 11th Congress the International Association of Coptic Studies concluded. Every 4 years, some scholars in Coptic Studies gather for a fairly traditional conference. I’ve been going to the Congress since the meeting in Leiden in 2000. (2004 was in Paris, 2008 in Cairo, and 2012 in Rome.) I’ve been […]
This week, a research collaboration I’m in released an initial version of a new online Coptic dictionary. I blogged about it for the project. Even though it’s very preliminary, we’re pretty excited. I want to take a minute here on my personal blog to reflect on the process. Working collaboratively is hard, working collaboratively across […]
Two years ago, my former colleague and all around smart, kind, and funny person Anthony LeDonne invited me to give an interview on the so-called Gospel of Jesus’s Wife on The Jesus Blog. I revisited this interview in the wake of Ariel Sabar’s article in the Atlantic about the owner of the fragment and then […]
There have been some really great conversations on Twitter and Facebook this morning about the article in the Atlantic on the owner of the Jesus Wife fragment. I want to add some more thoughts that have had a little more time to simmer. Authenticity and Provenance A lot of the article focuses on the background […]
Ariel Sabar has a new article out in the Atlantic digging into the provenance of the papyrus known as the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife or the Jesus Wife fragment. Sabar makes a strong case that the fragment’s owner is Walter Fritz, a Florida man with knowledge of Coptic and multiple potential motivations for this endeavor. […]
I’m working now on an article about early Coptic and Syriac on the web. Websites from the 1990s and very early 2000s. I’m interested in how these sites functioned as digital cultural heritage sites and also how they contributed to technological advances in what we now term “digital humanities.” I’m inspired in part by issues […]
Back when we were a two-person show, Coptic SCRIPTORIUM (er, I) posted release updates and news here on this blog. Now Coptic SCRIPTORIUM has its own blog. Check it out.
This fall, as I have been trying to finish up my book project, Monks and Their Children, I have been asked more than once: What’s your next project? When I start describing copticscriptorium.org, I frequently get the reply: no, I mean your real project, your next book. My internal response was always twofold: the snarky, “What, bringing […]
We’ve updated our tokenizer (which breaks Coptic bound groups into their constituent morphemes) and our normalizer (which normalizes spelling and orthography to faclitate further automatic annotations). Version 2.0.1 of the tokenizer includes more patterns to deal with a broader variety of bound groups. It also includes a parameter (-l) to accommodate bound groups that are […]
The writings of Shenoute form the largest corpus of early monastic texts by a single author from one of the cradles of Christian monasticism, Egypt. These manuscripts open an important window onto the development of monasticism in Egypt, shedding light on the inner workings of an early monastery outside of the more famous Pachomian system. […]
The rule fragment I’ve been working on has now been published as an article in a traditional journal, Le Muséon. Photos of the manuscript, a transcription, translation, and analysis are there.
We’ll be presenting at DH2014 in Lausanne, Switzerland, on July 10, 2014. “Digitizing the Dead and Dismembered: DH Technologies for the Study of Coptic Texts” The abstract is below (and at the DH2014 site). Here are the slides: You can also download them as a pdf. Printed abstract: Digitizing the Dead and Dismembered: DH Technologies […]