Coptic Language The Coptic Language is the name used to refer to the last stage of the written Egyptian language. Coptic should more correctly be used to refer to the script rather than the language itself. Even though this script was introduced as far back as the 2nd century BC., it is usually applied to the writing of the Egyptian language from the first century AD. to the present day. The Coptic Version of the Bible is truly the greatest of all the treasures of the Coptic Heritage. Its value has been recognized by biblical scholars from every corner of the Globe. Many reasons contributed to such a high significance being attributed to it. First it utilized Greek originals that did not survive the winds of the persecutions nor the sands of time. Secondly it reflected the conservative, or orthodox, nature of the Egyptian Christians who translated such sacred texts in a method as literal as possible. They even made special adjustments in the grammatical system to project such a method. Thirdly they presented a better ancient understanding of some certain obscure verses or words in the Greek originals. This was due to the antiquity of the Version as well as the scholarship of those that contributed to it. Because of these factors and others, the Coptic Version is always used as an important witness in the scholarly publications of the Greek Scriptures, Old and New Testaments. Interested to know and listen how the pharaohs and their Coptic descendants used to talk to each others? Pay a visit to this site: http://www.angelfire.com/art/wafikadly/ The Coptic alphabet is variant of the Greek alphabet containing a number of extra letters for sounds not found in Greek. You can see many of the Coptic fonts at: http://www.omniglot.com/writing/coptic.htm You can download Coptic fonts at: http://www.copticchurch.net/coptic_fonts/#Download The Egyptian Coptic Festivals St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church of Winnipeg