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E02157: Coptic receipt for rent payment, of unknown Egyptian provenance, issued by the dikaion of an institution dedicated to the *Apostles (S00084), datable to the 7th century.

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posted on 21.12.2016, 00:00 by gschenke
CPR 4 151, lines 1–3

The beginning of the document is as follows:

† ⲡⲇⲓⲕⲁⲓⲟⲛ ⲉⲛⲛϫⲓⲥⲟⲟⲩⲉ ⲛⲁⲡⲟⲥⲧⲟⲗ[ⲟ]ⲥ̣
ϩ̣ⲓ̣ⲧⲟⲟⲧ ⲁⲛⲟⲕ ⲥⲉⲣⲅ̣ⲉⲓ ⲡⲣⲉ(ⲥⲃⲩⲧⲉⲣⲟⲥ) ⲉⲓⲥϩ[ⲁⲓ]
ⲉⲛⲁⲡⲁ ⲁⲡⲗⲱ ϫⲉ

'The dikaion of the Lords, the Apostles, represented through me, Sergei, the presbyter, I am writing to Apa Apollo: …'

Text and German translation: W.C. Till. English translation: G. Schenke.


A full record of this document can be found at:

http://papyri.info/ddbdp/cpr;4;151

History

Evidence ID

E02157

Saint Name

Apostles (unspecified) : S00084

Saint Name in Source

ⲛⲁⲡⲟⲥⲧⲟⲗ[ⲟ]ⲥ̣

Type of Evidence

Documentary texts - Lease or rental document

Language

Coptic

Evidence not before

600

Evidence not after

699

Activity not before

600

Activity not after

699

Place of Evidence - Region

Egypt and Cyrenaica

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

Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - unspecified

Source

The papyrus K 4926 belongs to the papyrus collection at Vienna; there is no indication of its provenance. The document is dated on palaeographical grounds.

Discussion

Whether this is a church or a monastery dedicated to the Apostles acting here as the lessor of a property remains unclear.

Bibliography

Text and translation: Till, W.C., Corpus Papyrorum Raineri IV (CPR IV): Die koptischen Rechtsurkunden der Papyrussammlung der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek, Vienna 1958, 137. Mention: Papaconstantinou, A., Le culte des saints en Égypte des Byzantins aux Abbassides (Paris: CNRS, 2001), 424.

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