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E06821: Coptic manuscript from the monastery of the Archangel Michael near Hamouli in the Fayum, relating the status and function of *Gabriel, the Archangel (S00192); most likely written during the 6th century. Skeleton entry

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posted on 2018-10-10, 00:00 authored by gschenke
Pierpont Morgan Codex M593 (folios 31r– 50r = pages 61–100)

In this text Jesus answers questions of his disciples concerning the division of everything in the world, from the aeons of light to the animals created, as well as about the number of angels and their order. Gabriel's status, appointed by God as the messenger of life to serve and comfort anyone in affliction, is being discussed.

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Evidence ID


Saint Name

Gabriel, the Archangel : S00192

Type of Evidence

Literary - Hagiographical - Other saint-related texts Late antique original manuscripts - Parchment codex


  • Coptic

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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 - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives



The parchment manuscript forms part of the Pierpont Morgan Codex M593 (folios 31r– 50r = pages 61–100), was copied in the year 892/893. In the colophon, the scribe named John claims that he has produced this manuscript as a direct copy from an earlier manuscript right in front of him.


Text and Translation: Müller, C.D.G. Die Bücher der Einsetzung der Erzengel Michael und Gabriel, CSCO 225, Scriptores Coptici 31 (Louvain: Secrétariat du CorpusSCO, 1962), 61–82, and CSCO 226, Scriptores Coptici 32 (Louvain: Secrétariat du CorpusSCO, 1962), 74–100. Annotated English Translation: Jenott, L., "The Investiture of the Archangel Gabriel" (2017): (accessed 02/08/2019)

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