As part of our June 14 Sunday Auction, Bull Street Auctions, located at 2819 Bull Street in Savannah, Ga. will be auctioning 4 Coptic Bibles, the oldest of which is nearly 400 years old. The Coptic religion originated in Egypt and in other parts of the Mid East. Through time and history the religion spread to Africa and Ethiopia.
These Coptic Bible s are written in the GEEZ language. The GEEZ language dates back to the time of King Solomon. It is one of oldest forms of Semitic Languages and represents the Old Arabic Semitic language spoken by the Biblical Queen of Sheba (King Solomon Era), and was also known as “Himyarite Language” .
Now a “dead language”, this historical language is only spoken in some Coptic African Christian institutions and the Coptic Orthodox Yemenite minority.
These Coptic Bibles are Handwritten in the Himyarite language on vellum (calf or goat skin) with bold black and red ink. The red ink is usually reserved for the name of God or Saints.
Three of the Bibles are complete, while one appears to have pages missing. Two of the Bibles has its original leather case.
The oldest and most valuable is covered in its original tribal woven cover and has several hand painted Coptic Iconic Art panels. This Bible has been estimated to value $2,000 to $3,000