Philippe Luisier

The Bible in the Coptic and Arabic Liturgy of Alexandrian Tradition

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Keywords: Bible, Coptic Church, Arabic Liturgy, Alexandrine Tradition

This paper proposes a brief overview of the use of the Bible in the liturgy of the Coptic Church of Egypt. We can find it in the Lectionaries in Sahidic, the old language of Upper Egypt, and in Bohairic, the liturgical language of the entire Coptic Church from the Middle Ages. Many readings are taken from the Old Testament, particularly during Lent and Holy Week, and all the books of the New Testament are read. The phenomenon of the lectio continua of certain books, e.g. the Book of Jonas or, notably, the Book of Revelation, on every Holy Saturday deserves special attention.

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