coptic

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14 books of the Old Testament included in the Vulgate (except for II Esdras) but omitted in Jewish and Protestant versions of the Bible; eastern Christian churches (except the Coptic church) accept all these books as canonical; the Russian Orthodox church Apocrypha
member of the Coptic Church Copt
liturgical language of the Coptic Church used in Egypt and Ethiopia; written in the Greek alphabet Coptic
collection of 13 ancient papyrus codices translated from Greek into Coptic that were discovered by farmers near the town of Nag Hammadi in 1945; the codices contain 45 distinct works including the chief sources of firsthand knowledge of Gnosticism Nag Hammadi , Nag Hammadi Library
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