Coptic Language
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Coptic Language
Coptic Language Refers to the last phase of the ancient Egyptian language. Commonly spoken by the native population of Egypt from as early as the 3rd century ad to around the 10th century ad.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
CopticThe last stage of Egyptian, linguistically an independent branch of the Afro-asiatic language family, which spreads from the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula to the northwestern coast of the African continent. In the early centuries of the Christian period, experiments were made in writing
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Coptic (from Arab. qubt “Egyptian”; cf. Gk. Aigyptios).† The final phase of the ancient Egyptian language, derived from the spoken form of Late Egyptian, the administrative tongue of the New Kingdom (sixteenth century B.C.); it was used primarily by the native peasant populace. Coptic received
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Coptic (language). ‘Copt’ is a European form of the Arabic ‘Kibt’, which is itself derived from the Gk. Αἰγύπτιοι [‘Egyptians’]. Coptic was the language usually spoken by the ‘Copts’, the native populace of Egypt, from about the 3rd to the 10th cents. ad. After the 10th cent. the language was gradually
The Eerdmans Encyclopedia of Early Christian Art and Archaeology, Volumes 1–3
Paleography: Coptic
Paleography: CopticSometime in the 3rd c., the Egyptian language, now called Coptic, began to be written down using the Greek alphabet, with the addition of several letters derived from the older Demotic script to represent phonetic values not expressed by Greek letters. Thus Coptic is closely related
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
COPTIC LANGUAGE kop´tik. The adjective “Coptic” is derived from the Arabic rendering (qibti) of the Greek word for “Egyptian,” Aigyptios (Αἰγυπτιος). The language comprises several dialects employed in EGYPT from the 2nd cent. ce until Arabic replaced Egyptian in the 8th cent.Coptic represents the