This week our project has hit another milestone – we now have all published Coptic magical texts (and a few unpublished ones) entered into our database. This is quite exciting for us, as it will make the process of editing and re-editing texts much faster, and we hope to make them available to the general public in the near future. Full information on the database will appear below, but in this post we’ll use the data we now have to explore the types of magic found in Coptic texts.Cross-file under Coptic Watch. And congratulation to the Coptic Magical Papyri Project on achieving this milestone!
The genres and interests of ancient Coptic magic are quite similar to the genres and interests of both the somewhat earlier Greco-Roman magic corpus and the roughly contemporary ancient Jewish magic literature. I will have more to say about this soon.
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