It is a name for Egyptians of the Christian faith and their Church. It is also the name for the last form of the ancient Egyptian language, which was written with mostly Greek letters. The Coptic language survives only as a liturgical language of the Coptic Orthodox Church.
the skin of a sheep or goat prepared as a material on which to write
The Patriarch is the Bishop of Alexandria. The Patriarch has authority over the other bishops of the Coptic Orthodox Church.
The manuscript contains the Psalms of David and the requests of the Virgin. The headings of the subjects are in red ink.
The manuscript contains 161 pages of parchment in the Ethiopian language. It was used for Mass in church and was part of a series of manuscripts in the House of the Patriarchate. Pope Cyril the Fifth offered them to the Coptic Museum during its inauguration.
This series of Ethiopian books confirms the strong relationship between the Egyptian Church and the Ethiopian Church. The Ethiopian Church was under the authority of the Egyptian Church until the end of Emperor Haile Selassie's era in the second half of the twentieth century.
The Ethiopian Church was founded in its rules and its authority at the hands of the priest Ethnasious, the messenger of the twenty-first Pope of Alexandria in the fourth century AD.