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E01248: Coptic joint funerary inscription on marble probably from the monastery of Apa Jeremias at Saqqara (Lower Egypt) with an invocation to the typical group of saints celebrated at Saqqara: Apa *Jeremias, Apa *Enoch, and Ama *Sibylla (S00773), *Mary (Mother of Christ, S00033), and *Michael (the Archangel, S00181), possibly of the 8th/9th century.

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ⲡⲓⲱⲧ ⲡϣⲏⲣⲉ ⲡⲉⲡⲛⲁ
ⲉⲧⲟⲩⲁⲁⲃ ϩⲁⲙⲏⲛ
ⲡⲉⲛⲉⲓⲱⲧ ⲁⲡⲁ ⲓⲉⲣⲏ-
ⲙⲓⲁⲥ ⲙⲛ ⲁⲡⲁ ⲉⲛⲱⲭ
ⲁⲙⲁ ⲥⲓⲃⲩⲗⲗⲁ // ⲧⲉⲛ-
ⲙⲁⲁⲩ ⲙⲁⲣⲓⲁ ⲙⲓⲭⲁⲏⲗ
ⲡⲉⲛⲥⲟⲛ ϩⲏⲗⲓⲁⲥ
ⲡⲉⲩϣⲏⲣⲉ ⲁϥⲙⲧⲟⲛ
ⲛⲥⲟⲩ ϣⲟⲙⲛⲧ
ⲛⲧⲱⲃⲉ ϩⲛ ⲟⲩⲉⲓⲣⲏ-
ⲛⲏ ϩⲁⲙⲏⲛ ⲡⲉⲛⲥⲟⲛ
ⲙⲁⲕⲁⲣⲉ ⲁϥⲙⲧⲟⲛ ⲙ-
ⲙⲟϥ ⲛⲥⲟⲩ ϥⲧⲟⲟⲩ
(ⲛⲭⲓ)ⲁϩⲕ ⲡⲉⲛⲥⲟⲛ
ⲡⲁⲡⲁ ⲃⲓⲕⲧⲱⲣ
. . . . . . . . . . . .

“Father, Son, (and) Holy Spirit. Amen. Our Father Apa Jeremias with Apa Enoch, (and) Ama Sibylla, our Mother Mary, (and) Michael!
Our brother Elias, their son, has gone to rest on day three of the month Tybi in peace. Amen.
Our brother Makare has gone to rest on day four of the month Choiak.
Our brother Papa Biktor …”

Translation: Gesa Schenke.

History

Evidence ID

E01248

Saint Name

Jeremias, Enoch, and Sibylla : S00773 Mary, Mother of Christ : S00033 Michael, the Archangel : S00181

Saint Name in Source

ⲡⲉⲛⲉⲓⲱⲧ ⲁⲡⲁ ⲓⲉⲣⲏⲙⲓⲁⲥ, ⲁⲡⲁ ⲉⲛⲱⲭ, ⲁⲙⲁ ⲥⲓⲃⲩⲗⲗⲁ ⲧⲉⲛⲙⲁⲁⲩ ⲙⲁⲣⲓⲁ ⲙⲓⲭⲁⲏⲗ

Type of Evidence

Inscriptions - Funerary inscriptions

Language

Coptic

Evidence not before

700

Evidence not after

899

Activity not before

700

Activity not after

899

Place of Evidence - Region

Egypt and Cyrenaica

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Saqqara

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

Saqqara Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Prayer/supplication/invocation

Source

The marble plaque belongs to the Egyptian Museum at the Vatican.

Discussion

Apa Jeremias, Apa Enoch, and Ama Sibylla are frequently referred to as the Saqqara triad of saints. For the typical features and similarities with other burial inscriptions from Saqqara see E01247.

Bibliography

Hasitzka, M.R.M., Koptisches Sammelbuch I (KSB I) (Vienna, 1993), 171–172.

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