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E01732: Coptic list of holy books belonging to the monastery of Apa *Elijah (S00667) on the mountain, presumably at Aphroditopolis/Atfih (Middle Egypt), listing a papyrus manuscript containing the Life of Apa *Pachomios (Egyptian monastic founder, ob. 346, S00352), datable to the 7th/8th c.

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posted on 2016-07-16, 00:00 authored by gschenke
KSB 1.12:

A large limestone ostracon preserves one hundred and fifteen lines written in two columns, listing all the books belonging to the monastery of Elijah on the mountain. The list begins with books from the Old Testament followed by the gospels, and various other manuscripts, including Encomia ($E01733, $E01737, $E01738, $E01740), Lives ($E01732, $E01733, $E01734, $E01736, $E01741), and Martyrdoms (E01731, $E01735, $E01739, $E01742, $E01743). The material of the books is listed either as papyrus (ⲭⲁⲣⲧⲏⲥ) or as parchment (ⲙⲉⲃⲣⲁⲛⲟⲛ), specifying whether these manuscripts are old or new.

[ⲡⲗ]ⲟ̣ⲅⲟⲥ ⲛⲛϫⲱⲱⲙⲉ ⲉⲧⲟⲩⲁⲁⲃ ⲙⲡⲧⲟⲡⲟⲥ ⲛⲁⲡⲁ ϩⲏⲗⲓⲁⲥ ⲛⲧⲡ̣ⲉ̣[ⲧⲣⲁ]

‘[The] list of holy books at the monastery (topos) of Apa Elijah on the mountain.’

In line 49 one finds the entry:

ⲡⲃⲓⲟⲥ ⲛⲁⲡⲁ ⲡⲁϩⲱⲙⲱ ⲭⲁⲣ(ⲧⲏⲥ) ⲅⲉⲛⲟⲩⲣ(ⲅⲓⲟⲥ)

‘The Life of Apa Pachomios, papyrus (χάρτης), new (καινούργιος).’

Text: M. Hasitzka, KSB 1.12. Translatin: Gesa Schenke.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Elijah (unspecified) : S00667 Pachomius, Egyptian monastic founder, ob. 346. : S00352

Saint Name in Source

ⲁⲡⲁ ϩⲏⲗⲓⲁⲥ ⲁⲡⲁ ⲡⲁϩⲱⲙⲱ

Type of Evidence

Documentary texts - List Late antique original manuscripts - Ostracon/Pot-sherd


  • Coptic

Evidence not before


Evidence not after


Activity not before


Activity not after


Place of Evidence - Region

Egypt and Cyrenaica

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc


Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)

Atfih Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - monastic

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Transmission, copying and reading saint-related texts


The limestone ostracon belongs to the IFAO in Cairo, Inv. 13315, and has been dated to the 7th/8th century according to its script.


Edition: Hasitzka, M.R.M., Koptisches Sammelbuch (KSB), vol. 1 (Vienna, 1993), 9–12.

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