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Title: Sethianism and the Doctrine of Creation in a Partially Restored Coptic Codex (Papyrus Berolinensis 20 915)
Journal: Le Muséon
Volume: 113    Issue: 3-4   Date: 2000   
Pages: 239-262
DOI: 10.2143/MUS.113.3.519358

Abstract :
For about a century, the Papyrus Collection of the Egyptian Museum in Berlin has had among its holdings the remnants of a mysterious papyrus codex that has simply been referred to as the “Coptic Book.” Its highly standardized Sahidic text is written in a fine literary hand of the 4th century. However, it was always a closed book. There has been a mystery not only as to its author and its contents, but also as to the circumstances of its discovery. No record about its provenance or original acquisition seems to exist. As to its state of preservation, the “book” did not look like a book at all, since it consisted almost entirely of a big pile of about 2500 unassembled, more or less small individual fragments.

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