Coptic Manuscripts are the written records left to us by our forefathers, the Christians of Egypt. Each provides a unique picture as well as a window to view the past. No published text of such manuscripts can reflect that by its mere transcription of the texts included in them. Along with their all-important textual content, one can also observe art, life, history, and even the thoughts of our forefathers. Much of these cultural treasures made their way outside of Egypt. Several manuscripts became prey at times to fire, world wars, and the oblivion of the vaults of the private collectors.
Manuscripts have come to us in two forms:
The Copts used a variety of material to record their writings. Such choice depended on the availability of such material to the writer. The material that survived the test of time was of the following types: