On the Coptic Word for 'Wife'
- I've been asked offlist to comment on the Coptic word for 'wife' inthe King Fragment. I don't know an awful lot about it, but I'll reportwhat I think I do know.The Coptic word in question is xime, (pronounced 'HEE-meh', I believe)which is clearly indicated to mean 'wife' in Lambdin's glossary (p.277 ofIntro to Sahidic Coptic). It's closely related to sxime, which can mean'woman, wife, female' according to Lambdin. Where it gets even moreconfusing is in the plural. Lambdin shows xiome (which one would assumeto be the plural of xime) as the plural of sxime, but doesn't list the formsxiome, which is sometimes used in GTh and GPh as the plural. Theonly thing that seems clear at this point in my investigations is that theform xime seems always to be used with a possessive ('my', 'his').Mike G.