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26 July , 2022, 03:05:24 PM
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John Davidson

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Is there a Coptic word translated as 'The One' (equiv. to the Greek 'to Hen') that is found in a number of Nag Hammadi texts?

Or is it just part of an expression, such as "the one over there" or "the one who is wearing a green shirt"?

Sometimes it is the Greek Monas (Monad), which appears as a Greek loan-word, but often it appears as expressions such as: the “complete, perfect One”,  the “self-begotten perfect One”,  the “blessed and perfect One of the eternal and incomprehensible Father and the infinite Light”,  “the One who is, who is silent, the One who is from the beginning”,  “the One who truly exists”,  “the indivisible One and the One who is at rest”,  “the One who truly pre-exists”,  “the One who alone exists”,  and so forth.

See link for some examples with the Coptic text alongside:


27 July , 2022, 04:21:25 AM
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What about using `ⲛⲟⲩⲱⲧ?

In Sahidic, you could probably use something like ⲟⲩⲁ ⲛⲟⲩⲱⲧ 1 which should be ⲟⲩⲁⲓ `ⲛⲟⲩⲱⲧ when translated to Bohairic. Of course, don't forget to use a definite article ⲡ (in Sahidic) or ⲫ (in Bohairic) at the beginning.

« Last Edit: 27 July , 2022, 04:23:03 AM by ⲡⲓⲙⲟⲩⲓ »

08 July , 2023, 03:52:51 PM
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From my side, I'd suggest ⲉⲧⲟⲩⲱⲧ


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