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Oswald Hugh Edward Burmester (1897-1977) [and] Bibliography of Prof. Dr. O.H.E. Khs-Burmester
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Meinardus, Otto Friedrich August (author)
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-  Bibliography reprinted from Bulletin de la Société d'Archéologie Copte 23(1976-1978): [235]-244; biography from [309]-310. (source note)
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Oswald Hugh Edward Burmester (1897-1977). Photogravure. Reproduced in Ghali, Mirrit Boutros. "In Memorium O.H.E. Khs-Burmester (1897-1977)." In Bulletin de la Société d'Archéologie Copte 23(1976-1978): [1].

"I have a lost a friend, I have lost a teacher": these were the first thoughts that flashed through my mind when I heard that Dr. B. -- as I used to call him -- had passed away on November 22, 1977, in Cairo. For over thirty years he had worked with or for the Society for Coptic Archaeology, for over twenty years I had the privilege to learn from him and to study with him, either in his modest room at Sharia Imad ad-Din, at the Société d'Archéologie Copte, or later in his home on the slopes of the Lycavettus Hill overlooking Athens, where he used to spend the summer months.

Professor Dr. O.H.E. Khs-Burmester was born on the 16th of July 1897 in Sandy, Bedfordshire. At the turn of the century his family moved to Tudor House, Blackheath Hill, London, where he stayed until 1917. On account of health reasons he went to Switzerland, also visited Austria, but returned to England. It was during this time, that Dr. Burmester became interested in Orthodoxy in general, and Russian Orthodoxy in particular. I remember vividly the stories he told me of his experiences in the Ukraine, where he stayed for some time learning Russian and getting acquainted with Russian liturgies and hagiography. In 1926 he visited Rome where he studied at the Bibliotheca Apostolica before commencing his doctoral studies at Cambridge University, where he was awarded the Ph.D. degree in 1933. During this period he married Lucy M. Geiseler. They had two sons, Hugh (1936) and Michael (1937). His quest for knowledge led him to engage in research at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris and at the libraries in Cambridge and London.

In 1939, following the death of his mother, he decided to leave England permanently and to settle in Cyprus, where he resided in Paphos for two years, before he moved to Egypt in 1941. During the Second World War he left for South Africa, though later he returned to Cairo where he stayed for several years with his good friend Yassa 'Abd al-Masîh, Librarian of the Coptic Museum, in Old Cairo. Following his marriage to Athena (his first wife had died) he moved to the Gloria Hotel, where he occupied a modest room until the end of his life. After the death of Athena, he married his third wife, Julia, in the summer of 1970.

Professor Dr. Burmester, sometime Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Alexandria, Professor at the Coptic Theological Seminary in Abbasiyah, Cairo, and Librarian of the Society of Coptic Archaeology, was a prolific author of several basic texts, which Coptologists will always have to depend upon. His numerous scholarly books and articles in the fields of liturgies and Coptic history, as well as his monumental translation of the History of the Patriarchs of the Egyptian Church, are important milestones for our knowledge and our understanding of the sources of Egyptian Christianity.

Few scholars of the Coptic Church had acquired the encyclopaedic knowledge of Professor Burmester. His mind was an unfailing font of information in matters pertaining to liturgies, iconography, doctrine, customs and popular beliefs, church and secular history, classics, Old and New Testament and linguistics. Without using a Biblical concordance he could recite chapter and verse of Biblical quotations at random. Moreover, he had always time and he was always glad to share his profound insights, often with a sense of humour, with those less informed.

The world of Coptic scholarship, the members of the Society for Coptic Archaeology and his friends express deepest sorrow for the loss of a scholar and a friend. Yet I am assured that this man, who remained faithful unto death, has received the crown of life.

Bibliography of Prof. Dr. O.H.E. Khs-Burmester

1930
"A Coptic Lectionary Poem (MS. 408, Copt. Mus.)," Le Muséon, XLIII, 1930, 373-385.

1932
"The Homilies or Exhortations of the Holy Week Lectionary," Le Muséon, XLV, 1932, 21-70.
"The Canons of Christodulos, Patriarch of Alexandria (1047-1077)," Le Muséon, XLV, 1932, 71-84.
"Two Services of the Coptic Church attributed to Peter, bishop of Behnesa," Le Muséon, XLV, 1932, 235-254.

1933
"The Canons of Gabriel Ibn Turaik, LXX Patriarch of Alexandria," Le Muséon, XLVI, 1933, 43-54.
"The Coptic and Arabic Versions of the Mystagogia," Le Muséon, XLVI, 1933, 203-235.
"Le Lectionnaire de la Semaine Sainte," Patrologia Orientalis, XXIV, 1933.

1934
"The Translation of St. Iskhiron of Killin," Le Muséon, XLVII, 1934, 1-11.
"The Office of Genuflection on Whitsunday," Le Muséon, XLVII, 1934, 205-257.
"The Bohairic Pericopae of Wisdom and Sirach," Biblica, XV, 1934, 451-565.

1935
"The Bohairic Pericopae of Wisdom and Sirach," Biblica, XVI, 1935, 25-57, 141-174.
"The Laws of Inheritance of Gabriel Ibn Turaik," Orientalia Christiana Periodica, I, 3-4, 1935, 315-327.
"Vesting Prayers and Ceremonies of the Coptic Church," Orientalia Christiana Periodica, I, 3-4, 1935, 305-314.
"The Canons of Gabriel Ibn Turaik, LXX Patriarch of Alexandria," Orientalia Christiana Periodica, I, 1-2, 1935, 5-45.
"The Translation of St. Iskhiron of Killin (additional Note)," Le Muséon, XLVIII, 1935, 81-85.

1936
"The Greek Kirugmata, Versicles and Responses, and Hymns in the Coptic Liturgy," Orientalia Christiana Periodica, II, 3-4, 1936, 363-394.
"The Canonical Hours of the Coptic Church," Orientalia Christiana Periodica, II, 1-2, 1936, 78-100.
"The Sayings of Michael, Metropolitan of Damietta," Orientalia Christiana Periodica, II, 1-2, 1936, 101-128.
"The Canons of Cyril II, LXVII Patriarch of Alexandria," Le Muséon, XLIX, 1936, 245-288.
"The Liturgy 'Coram Patriarcha Aut Episcopo' in the Coptic Church," Le Muséon, XLIX, 1936, 79-84.

1937
"The Turuhat of the Coptic Church," Orientalia Christiana Periodica, III, 1-2, 3-4, 1937, 78-109, 505-549.
"The Date of the Translation of Saint Iskhiron," Le Muséon, L, 1937, 53-60.

1938
"Egyptian Mythology in the Coptic Apocrypha," Orientalia, VII, 4, 1938, 355-367.
"On the Date and Authorship of the Arabic Synaxarium of the Coptic Church," The Journal of Theological Studies, XXXIX, 155, 1938, 249-253.
"The Turuhat of the Saints," BSAC, IV, 1938, 141-194.

1939
"The Turuhat of the Saints II," BSAC, V, 1939, 85-157.
"The Rif of Egypt," Orientalia, VIII, 1-2, 96-119.
"Le Lectionnaire de la Semaine Sainte," Patrologia Orientalis, XXV, 2, 1939.

1941
"The Copts in Cyprus," BSAC, VII, 1941, 9-13.

1943
Sawirus Ibn al-Mukaffa', History of the Patriarchs of the Egyptian Church. Vol. II, Part I, edited, translated, annotated with Yassa 'Abd al-Masih, Cairo, 1943.

1945
"The Baptismal Rite of the Coptic Church," BSAC, XI, 1945, 27-86.

1946
"The Canons of Cyril III Ibn Laqlaq, 75th Patriarch of Alexandria," BSAC, XII, 1946-1947, 81-136.

1948
"The Temple and Cult of Aphrodite at Paphos," Farouk I University Bulletin of the Faculty of Arts, IV, 1948, 1-15.
Cyprus in Hellenistic and Roman Times. Cairo, Impr. Ramses, n.d.
Sawirus Ibn al-Mukaffa', History of the Patriarchs of the Egyptian Church. Vol. II, Part II, edited, translated and annotated with Aziz S. Atiya and Yassa 'Abd al-Masih, Cairo, 1948.
Reviews:
Arnoldus van Lantschoot, Bibliothecae Vaticanae Codices Coptici Vaticani Barberiani Borgiani Rossiani. II, I. In Biblotheca Vaticana, 1947, BSAC, XIII, 205-207.
Arnoldus van Lantschoot, Un Précurseur d'Athanase Kircher. Thomas Obicini et la Scala Vat. Copte 71. Louvain, 1948. BSAC, XIII, 207-209.
Georg Graf, Geschichte der Christlichen Arabischen Literatur. Vol. I, II, III. Bibliotheca Vaticana, 1944-1949. BSAC, XIII, 209-210.

1950
"The Canons of Cyril III Ibn Laklak, 75th Patriarch of Alexandria," BSAC, XIV, 1950, 113-150.
Reviews:
Winifred Kammerer, A Coptic Bibliography. Ann Arbor, 1950. BSAC, XIV, 246-248.

1952
"Rites and Ceremonies of the Coptic Church, Part V-VI," Eastern Churches Quarterly, IX, 1952, 245-260, 306-319.

1953
"Rites and Ceremonies of the Coptic Church, Part VII," Eastern Churches Quarterly, X, 1953, 11-27.

1954
"A Coptic Tradition concerning the Holy Myron," Publications de l'Institut d'Etudes Orientales de la Bibliothèque Patriarcale d'Alexandrie, III, 1954, 51-58.
A Guide to the Monasteries of the Wâdî ۥn-Natrûn, Cairo, 1954.
"Rites and Cermonies of the Coptic Church, Part VIII," Eastern Churches Quarterly, X.2, 1954, 325-337.

1955-1956
A Guide to the Ancient Coptic Churches of Cairo. Cairo, 1955.
"Rites and Ceremonies of the Coptic Church, Part IX, X, XI," Eastern Churches Quarterly, XI, 1955-56, 30-45, 179-190, 282-288, 321-334.
"Colophon of a Manuscript from the Monastery of Saint John Colobos," SOC, X, 1956, 231-238.
"Three Folios from the Service for the Consecration of the Chrism and the Kallielaion," SOC, X, 1956, 239-248.

1958-1960
"Yassa 'Abd al-Masih (1898-1959)," BSAC, XV, 191-192.
"Louis-Théophile Lefort (1879-1959)," BSAC, XV, 193-194.
Reviews:
Dom Emmanuel Lanne, Le Grand Euchologe du Monastère Blanc, Patr. Orient. XXVIII, 2. BSAC, XV, 173-177.
Arnold van Lantschoot, Les "Questions de Théodore." Texte Sahidique. Città del Vaticano, 1957. BSAC, XV, 177-179.
Jules Leroy, Moines et Monastères du Proche-Orient. Paris, 1957. BSAC, XV, 179-182.
Alexis Mallon, Grammaire Copte. Beyrouth, 1956. BSAC, XV, 182-184.
Maria Cramer, Archäologische und Epigraphische Klassifikation Koptischer Denkmäler des Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York und des Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Wiesbaden, 1957. BSAC, XV, 184-186.
Ernst Hammerschmidt, Die Koptische Gregoriosanaphora. Syrische und Griechische Einflüsse auf eine Agyptische Liturgie. Berlin, 1957. BSAC, XV, 186-188.

1959
Sawirus Ibn al-Mukaffa', History of the Patriarchs of the Egyptian Church. Vol. II, Part III, edited, translated and annotated with Aziz Suryal Atiya and Yassa 'Abd al-Masih. Cairo, 1959.
"A comparative Study of the Form of the Words of Institution and the Epiclesis in the Anaphorae of the Ethiopic Church," Eastern Churches Quarterly, XIII, 1959, 13-42.

1960
The Rite of Consecration of the Patriarch of Alexandria, Coptic text, translation annotations. Cairo, 1960.

1961-1962
"A Greek Synaptê from Scetis," BSAC, XVI, 1961-1962, 73-82.
"The Coptic-Greek-Arabic Holy Week Lectionary from Scetis," BSAC, XVI, 1961-1962, 83-137.
Reviews:
Irénée-Henri Dalmais, Les Liturgies d'Orient. Paris, 1959, BSAC, XVI, 305-308.
Irénée-Henri Dalmais, Monographs 1959-1960 in "Analecta" 6-9. BSAC, XVI, 308-320.

1963-1964
"A folio from an XIth-XIIth Century Vellum Manuscript of the Arabic Psalter," SOC, VIII, 1963, 439-544.
"An Offertory-Consecratory Prayer in the Greek and Coptic Liturgy of Saint Mark," BSAC, XVII, 1963-1964, 23-33.
"The Bodleian Folio and further fragments of the Coptic-Greek-Arabic Holy-Week Lectionary from Scetis," BSAC, XVII, 1963-1964, 35-48.
"Four Parchment Folios of a Bohairic Horologion from Scetis," BSAC, XVII, 1963-1964, 49-56.
Reviews:
Marvin C. Ross, Catalogue of the Byzantine and Early Mediaeval Antiquities in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection. Washington, 1962. BSAC, XVII, 235-237.
Elinor M. Husselman, The Gospel of John in Fayumic Coptic. Ann Arbor, 1962. BSAC, XVII, 237-238.
Walter C. Till, Die Koptischen Ostraka der Papyrussammlung der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek. Wien, 1960. BSAC, XVII, 238-239.
Walter C. Till, Koptische Dialektgrammatik. München, 1961. BSAC, XVII, 239.
Walter C. Till, Datierung und Prosopographie der Koptischen Urkunden aus Theben. Wien, 1962. BSAC, XVII, 239-241.

1964
"A Folio of the 14th Century MS. of the Rite of the Consecration of Chrism and Kallielaion from the Monastery of St. Macarius in Scetis," Collectanea, IX, 1964, 225-231.
Le Monastère de Phoebammon dans la Thebaïde. Vol. II, Textes, with Ch. Bachatly, Roger Rémondon, Walter C. Till, Yassa 'Abd al-Masih. Cairo, 1964.
"New Fragment from the Gospel of Saint John in the Sa'îdic Dialect," SOC, IX, 1964, 207-221.

1965-1966
"Colophon of a manuscript from the Monastery of Saint John Colobos, estratto da Collectanea Nº 10," SOC, X, 1965, 231-238.
"Three Folios from the Service for the Consecration of the Chrism and the Kallielaion," SOC, X, 1965, 239-248.
"Fragments of a Saidic-Bohairic Horologion from Scetis," BSAC, XVIII, 1965-1966, 23-46.
"Fragment of a Homily from Scetis," BSAC, XVIII, 1965-1966, 47-50.
"Further Leaves from the Arabic MS. in Coptic Script of the Apophthegmata Patrum," BSAC, XVIII, 1965-1966, 51-64.
"Psalm-Fragments from the Monastery of Saint Macarius in Scetis," Collectanea, XI, 1966, 389-512.
Reviews:
Alfonso 'Abdallah', L'Ordinamento Liturgico di Gabriele V. Cairo, 1962. BSAC, XVIII, 287-289.
Munîr Barsûm, Ŝe enho ethbêtk. Cairo, 1961. Ti Anaphora em Basilios Bôl ebol. Cairo, 1964, BSAC, XVIII, 289-291.

1967
Catalogue of the Coptic and Christian Arabic MSS. preserved in the Cloister of Saint Menas at Cairo. With Antoine Khater. Cairo, 1967.
The Egyptian or Coptic Church. A detailed description of Her Liturgical Services and the Rites and Ceremonies observed in the Administration of Her Sacraments. Cairo, 1967.
"Fragments of a Late XIIth to Early XIIIth Century Bohairic Euchologion from the Monastery of St. Macarius in Scetis," BSAC, XIX, 1967-1968, 15-48.
Reviews:
René-Georges Coquin, Les Canons d'Hippolyte (Patrologia Orientalis XXXI, 2). Paris, 1966. BSAC, XIX, 291-292.
Irénée-Henri Dalmais and A. A. King, Liturgie d'Antioche: Rite Syrien et Rite Chaldéen. Tours, 1967. BSAC, XIX, 292-294.

1968
Sawirus Ibn al-Mukaffa , History of the Patriarchs of the Egyptian Church. Vol. III, Part I, edited, translated and annotated with Antoine Khater. Cairo, 1968.

1969-1970
"Two Folios from a XIVth-XVth Century MS. of the History of the Patriarchs from the Monastery of St. Pishoi in Scetis," BSAC, XX, 1969-1970, 33-42.
Reviews:
Emil Maher, Speak with us (Coptic). Cairo, 1969. BSAC, XX, 261.
Otto Meinardus, The Saints of Greece. Athens, 1970. "A Study of the Relics of Saints of the Greek Orthodox Church," Oriens Christianus, LIV, 1970. BSAC, XX, 261-264.

1970
Sawirus Ibn al-Mukaffa', History of the Patriarchs of the Egyptian Church. Vol. III, Parts II and III, edited, translated and annotated with Antoine Khater. Cairo, 1970.

1971
"Folio from a MS. in the Bohairic Dialect containing the Old Testament Quotations recorded in the New Testament," BSAC, XXI, 1971-1973, 13-17.
Reviews:
Emil Maher, Speak with us (Coptic) Second Book. Cairo, 1972. BSAC, XXI, 163-164.
Maurice 'Abd al-Masih, The Coptic Language (Coptic). Cairo, 1972. BSAC, XXI, 164.
Maurice 'Abd al-Masih, The Prophecy of Jonah the Prophet (Coptic). Cairo, 1972. BSAC, XXI, 165-166.
Maurice 'Abd al-Masih, Games-Laughter (Coptic). Cairo, 1972. BSAC, XXI, 164-165.
Maruice 'Abd al-Masih, and Lisa N. Rizk Allah, Our Holy Fathers Maximus and Dometius (Coptic). Cairo, 1973. BSAC, XXI, 166.
Murad M. Bulus, The Gospel of Matthew in the Coptic Language. Cairo, 1970. The Epistle to the Romans in the Coptic and Arabic Language. Cairo, 1971. Lexicon of the Coptic Language. Cairo, 1973. BSAC, XXI, 167-168.
Otto Meinardus, St. Paul in Greece. Athens, 1973. BSAC, XXI, 168-170.
Oleg V. Volkoff, Voyageurs Russes en Egypte. Cairo, 1973. BSAC, XXI, 170-172.
Georgius Zoega, Catalogus Codicum Copticorum manu scriptum qui in Museo Borgiano Velitris adservantur. Romae, 1810. Anastatic ed. Hildesheim, 1973. BSAC, XXI, 172-173.
E.A.E. Reymond and J.W.B. Barns, Four Martyrdoms from the Pierpont Morgan Coptic Codices. Oxford, 1973. BSAC, XXI, 173-175.
Ole Skjerbaek Madsen, Nadverbonnerie i de aegyptiske liturgier frem til den arabiske periode. Copenhagen, 1973, BSAC, XXI, 176-178.

1973
Catalogue of the Coptic and Christian Arabic MSS. preserved in the Library of the Church of the All-Holy Virgin Mary known as Qasriat ar-Rihan at Old Cairo, in collaboration with Antoine Khater. Cairo, 1973.
The Horologion of the Egyptian Church. Cairo, 1973.

1974
Sawirus Ibn al-Mukaffa', History of the Patriarchs of the Egyptian Church. Vol. IV, Parts I and II, edited, translated and annotated with Antoine Khater. Cairo, 1974.

1975
Koptische Handschriften 1: Die Handschriftenfragmente der Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg. Teil 1. Wiesbaden, 1975.

1977
Catalogue of the Coptic and Christian Arabic MSS. preserved in the Library of the Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus known as Abu Sargah at Old Cairo, in collaboration with Antoine Khater. Cairo, 1977.
To be published:
Le Monastère de Phæbammon dans la Thébaide. Vol. I, L'archéologie du site, in collaboration with Ch. Bachatly and Antoine Khater. Cairo, n.d.
The Ordination Rites of the Coptic Church. Cairo, n.d.

Reprinted with permission. Courtesy of the Society for Coptic Archaeology, 222 Ramses Street, Cairo, Egypt.

From Meinardus, Otto. "Oswald Hugh Edward Burmester (1897-1977)." In Bulletin de la Société d'Archéologie Copte 23(1976-1978): [309]-310.

From Meinardus, Otto F.A. "Bibliography of Prof. Dr. O.H.E. Khs-Burmester." In Bulletin de la Société d'Archéologie Copte 23(1976-1978): [235]-244.