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The Vision of Theophilus


The Flight of the Holy Family into Egypt


Edited and Translated by Juan Pedro Monferrer-Sala
A critical edition of a fragmentary Arabic manuscript (Mingana Chr. Arab. 18), together with a study which suggests that the three Arabic versions do not represent three different texts, but rather three versions all drawing on the same original text.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0550-8
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Aug 12,2015
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 130
Languages: Arabic, English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0550-8
$51.35
$30.81

The Vision of Theophilus is an apocryphal work that enjoyed great popularity in Late Antiquity and in the Middle Ages. The original text, now lost, was composed in Coptic, but versions have survived in Syriac, Arabic and Ethiopic. The Arabic version, which is undoubtedly based on a Coptic original, depends on Zachariah of Sakha’s Homily, if not from a common source. The text, which is part of the circle of the Flight of the Holy Family into Egypt, is a narrative text that contains some interesting legendary material of various origins and provenance, embedded in a homiletic format. One of the most significant features offered by this account is the history of the text itself, and the considerable challenge faced by any scholar seeking to establish the chronological relationship between the various surviving versions.

The Vision of Theophilus is an apocryphal work that enjoyed great popularity in Late Antiquity and in the Middle Ages. The original text, now lost, was composed in Coptic, but versions have survived in Syriac, Arabic and Ethiopic. The Arabic version, which is undoubtedly based on a Coptic original, depends on Zachariah of Sakha’s Homily, if not from a common source. The text, which is part of the circle of the Flight of the Holy Family into Egypt, is a narrative text that contains some interesting legendary material of various origins and provenance, embedded in a homiletic format. One of the most significant features offered by this account is the history of the text itself, and the considerable challenge faced by any scholar seeking to establish the chronological relationship between the various surviving versions.

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Contributor Biography

Juan Pedro Monferrer-Sala

Professor Juan Pedro Monferrer-Sala, Ph.D. University of Granada, is specialized in Semitic Studies and teaches in the Faculty of Arts, University of Córdoba. He has published studies of religious texts from early Islam, Christian-Arabic and Judaeo-Arabic materials. He is currently working on the edition and study of Christian-Arabic manuscripts and on Semitic linguistics as well.

  • Table of Contents (page 5)
  • Foreword (page 7)
  • Introduction (page 11)
    • A sounding through examples (page 17)
    • Conclusions (page 33)
  • Edition (page 35)
  • English translation (page 83)
  • Bibliography (page 109)
  • Index (page 117)
    • Index of biblical quotations (page 117)
    • Index of qur'anic quotations (page 118)
    • General index (page 119)
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