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E04838: Coptic Homily by an author whose name and identification are lost, from the Monastery of the Archangel Michael near Hamouli in the Fayum (Lower Egypt), discussing female defilement during menstruation, and praising *Michael the Archangel (S00181); written sometime between the 5th and the 9th century.

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posted on 2018-02-01, 00:00 authored by gschenke
M592, fol. 41r–50r:

The full text seems to have remained unpublished. An excerpt, not relating to St Michael, is given by Depuydt 1993, p. 233.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Michael, the Archangel : S00181

Type of Evidence

Late antique original manuscripts - Parchment codex 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)

Hamouli Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - monastic

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Composing and translating saint-related texts


This is the seventh (ff. 41r–50r) of eight homilies all dedicated to the archangel Michael and all contained in the same parchment codex M592. For the other homilies on Michael in M592, see E04640, E04641, E04642, E04835, E04636, E04837, and E04839. The production of the codex is datable to the 9th or early 10th century on the basis of securely dated codices (AD 822/3–913/14) found together with it at the monastery of the Archangel Michael near Hamouli in the Fayum.


For literature and a brief overview of the Christian Egyptian tradition concerning the special sacred status attributed to Michael, see van Esbroeck 1991.


Introduction and codicology: Depuydt, L., Catalogue of Coptic Manuscripts in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Corpus of Illuminated Manuscripts (Leuven, 1993), 230–235, esp. 233. Further reading: Esbroeck, M. van, "Michael the Archangel, saint," in: A.S. Atiya (ed.), The Coptic Encyclopedia, vol. 5 (New York, 1991), 1616–1620.

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