Posts Tagged ‘University of Chicago’

Early copy of the Gospel of Mark is a skilled forgery

January 27, 2010

A clever bit of detective work by US scholars and scientists has proven that one of the jewels of the University of Chicago’s manuscript collection is, in fact, a skilled late 19th- or early 20th-century forgery.  (more…)


Grim Anecdote – Publishing a Coptic magical text in the 1930’s

April 17, 2009

Elizabeth Margaret Stefanski (1195-1948) was an Egyptologist and Copticist who studied and worked at the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute.  Her earliest known work is an extensive bibliography of ancient literary references to Megiddo, 599v_apiscompiled in collaboration with her colleague and friend Ruth C. Wilkins in 1927.  During the 1930s, Stefanski began to publish the results of her work on Egyptian materials in the collections of the Oriental Institute Museum.  Her first published work was an edition of hieratic funerary texts on mummy linen in the Oriental Institute Museum; publications of this sort of text were uncommon enough then (and indeed still are) to warrant special notice.   Following a suggestion from W.F. Edgerton, Stefanski’s first Coptic publication was an edition of a Coptic magical text, also from the collection of the Oriental Institute Museum.  The nature of the magical text – a spell designed to cause impotence – made its edition a somewhat delicate matter.  (more…)