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E01731: Coptic list of holy books belonging to the monastery of Apa *Elijah (S00667) on the mountain, presumably at Aphroditopolis/Atfih (Middle Egypt), listing a papyrus manuscript containing the Martyrdom of *Philotheos (child martyr of Antioch, S00878), datable to the 7th/8th century.

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posted on 16.07.2016, 00:00 by gschenke
KSB 1.12

A large limestone ostracon preserves one hundred and fifteen lines written in two columns, listing all the books belonging to the monastery of Elijah on the mountain. The list begins with books from the Old Testament followed by the gospels, and various other manuscripts, including Encomia ($E01733, $E01737, $E01738, $E01740), Lives ($E01732, $E01733, $E01734, $E01736, $E01741), and Martyrdoms ($E01731, $E01735, $E01739, $E01742, $E01743). The material of the books is listed either as papyrus (ⲭⲁⲣⲧⲏⲥ) or as parchment (ⲙⲉⲃⲣⲁⲛⲟⲛ), specifying whether these manuscripts are old or new.

[ⲡⲗ]ⲟ̣ⲅⲟⲥ ⲛⲛϫⲱⲱⲙⲉ ⲉⲧⲟⲩⲁⲁⲃ ⲙⲡⲧⲟⲡⲟⲥ ⲛⲁⲡⲁ ϩⲏⲗⲓⲁⲥ ⲛⲧⲡ̣ⲉ̣[ⲧⲣⲁ]

‘[The] list of holy books at the monastery (topos) of Apa Elijah on the mountain.’

In line 45 one finds the entry:

ⲧⲙⲁⲣⲧⲩⲣⲓⲁ ⲛⲁⲡⲁ ⲫⲓⲗⲟⲑⲉⲟⲥ ⲭⲁⲣ(ⲧⲏⲥ)

‘The Martyrdom of Apa Philotheos, papyrus (χάρτης).’

Text: M. Hasitzka, KSB 1.12. Translation: G. Schenke.

History

Evidence ID

E01731

Saint Name

Elijah (unspecified) : S00667 Philotheos of Antioch, young boy aged 10, discrediting pagan cult of parents in public, ob. c. 304 : S00878

Saint Name in Source

ⲁⲡⲁ ϩⲏⲗⲓⲁⲥ ⲁⲡⲁ ⲫⲓⲗⲟⲑⲉⲟⲥ

Type of Evidence

Documentary texts - List Late antique original manuscripts - Ostracon/Pot-sherd

Language

Coptic

Evidence not before

600

Evidence not after

799

Activity not before

600

Activity not after

799

Place of Evidence - Region

Egypt and Cyrenaica

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Atfih

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

Atfih Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - monastic

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Transmission, copying and reading saint-related texts

Source

The limestone ostracon belongs to the IFAO in Cairo, Inv. 13315, and has been dated to the 7th/8th century according to its script.

Bibliography

Text: Hasitzka, M.R.M., Koptisches Sammelbuch (KSB), vol. 1 (Vienna, 1993), 9–12.

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