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E02851: A Coptic Discourse of Shenoute, (abbot of the White Monastery near Sohag in Upper Egypt), referring to the saints as judges by their own standards, written in the 5th century.

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posted on 2017-05-26, 00:00 authored by gschenke
In his discourse referred to as 'A26', of which the title and beginning are lacking, Shenoute mentions that the saints will judge by their own very high standards on hospitality, justice, and righteousness.

‘But it is our evil desires of the heart that prevent us from following the pattern of the saints in their hospitality to strangers and all their works of justice and righteousness, which are pure of every abuse and evil, so that we might be worthy of life with them on that day if we escape their condemnation, for according to what is written, “the saints are those who will judge the world.”’

Translation: Brakke and Crislip 2017, 235.

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: D. Brakke and A. Crislip, Selected Discourses of Shenoute the Great, Community, Theology, and Social Conflict in Late Antique Egypt, Cambridge University Press 2017, 212–265.

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