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E02441: Coptic Letter, from the monastery of Epiphanius at Thebes (Upper Egypt), mentioning an institution dedicated to Apa *John (presumably either the Baptist, S00020, or the Apostle and Evangelist, S00042), datable to the first half of the 7th century.

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posted on 2017-03-03, 00:00 authored by Bryan
P.Mon.Epiph. 397

This is a letter from Epiphanios to his mother concerning a key for Apa Symeon of which a duplicate is asked to be produced to fit his door. The key is to be given to someone who works for the steward of (the church/monastery of) Apa John.

Lines 3–6 read as follows:

] ⲝⲟⲩⲣ ⲛⲁⲡⲁ ⲥⲩ[ⲙⲉⲱ]ⲛ ⲉⲧϣⲟϭⲉ ⲉⲡⲉϥⲣⲟ ⲛⲧⲉⲧⲁⲁϥ ⲛⲡⲥⲁϩ ⲁⲃⲣⲁϩⲁⲙ ⲉⲡⲟⲓⲕⲟⲛⲟⲙⲟⲥ ⲛⲁⲡⲁ ⲱϩⲁⲛⲛⲏⲥ

'] a key for Apa Symeon that is fitted to his door, and give it to the master/scribe Abraham for the steward of (the church of) Apa John.'

(Text and trans. W. E. Crum, slightly modified)

History

Evidence ID

E02441

Saint Name

John the Baptist : S00020 John, the Apostle and Evangelist : S00042

Saint Name in Source

ⲁⲡⲁ ⲱϩⲁⲛⲛⲏⲥ

Type of Evidence

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

Language

  • Coptic

Evidence not before

600

Evidence not after

650

Activity not before

600

Activity not after

650

Place of Evidence - Region

Egypt and Cyrenaica

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Thebes

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

Thebes Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - unspecified

Source

This ostracon was found in Cell A of the monastery of Epiphanius and is housed at the Cairo Museum, inv. 46304.41. The text has been dated on palaeographical grounds.

Bibliography

Text and Translation: Crum, W.E., and Evelyn White, H.G., The Monastery of Epiphanius at Thebes, Part II (The Metropolitan Museum of Art Egyptian Expedition; New York, 1926), p. 94 (text), p. 257 (trans.).

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