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E02850: A Coptic Discourse of Shenoute (abbot of the White Monastery near Sohag in Upper Egypt) referring to the saints as judges; written in the 5th century.

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posted on 2017-05-26, 00:00 authored by gschenke
In his discourses entitled Some kinds of people sift dirt and Whoever seeks God will find (discourses 5, work 2 and 3), Shenoute mentions that the saints will act as powerful judges.

‘Let us be ashamed before the saints as if they were among us now, lest we fail to escape being blamed for foolishness by them on the day when we shall see them face to face, when they say to us these words: “Are these people the salt of the earth, who came after us?” and, “Are these people the light of the world?” and, “(Are they) words of freedom?”’

Translation: Brakke and Crislip 2017, 113.

A critical edition of the Coptic text is still pending.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Unnamed saints (or name lost) : S00518

Type of Evidence

Literary - Sermons/Homilies


  • 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)

Panopolis Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Major author/Major anonymous work

Shenoute of Atripe

Cult activities - Liturgical Activity

  • Sermon/homily

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - monastic


Shenoute’s entire literary corpus, preserved in medieval manuscripts only, almost exclusively comes from a single find spot, a storeroom of the church at his ‘White’ monastery. A critical edition of this entire corpus of Shenoute's written work is still in preparation by S. Emmel and others.


Translation and Discussion: Brakke, D., and Crislip, A., Selected Discourses of Shenoute the Great: Community, Theology, and Social Conflict in Late Antique Egypt (Cambridge, 2017), 106–117.

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    Evidence -  The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity