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E02930: Coptic Letter To an Erring Monk written by Besa (abbot of the White Monastery near Sohag in Upper Egypt), referring to the monastery as a house of God and vineyard of the saints, written in the late 5th century.

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Besa, Letter to a monk

Ed. Kuhn 11.6.6:

ⲡⲉⲙⲁ ⲅⲁⲣ ⲡⲏ ⲙⲡⲛⲟⲩⲧⲉ ⲡⲉ ⲁⲩⲱ ⲡⲙⲁ ⲛⲉⲗⲟⲟⲗⲉ ⲛⲛⲉⲧⲟⲩⲁⲁⲃ ⲡⲉ

‘For this place is the house of God and the vineyard of the saints.’


Text and translation: Kuhn 1956, p. 26 (text), p. 25 (trans.).

History

Evidence ID

E02930

Saint Name

Unnamed saints (or name lost) : S00518

Type of Evidence

Late antique original manuscripts - Parchment codex Literary - Letters

Language

Coptic

Evidence not before

465

Evidence not after

899

Activity not before

465

Activity not after

500

Place of Evidence - Region

Egypt and Cyrenaica

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Sohag

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

Sohag Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Major author/Major anonymous work

Besa,

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - monastic

Source

The discourses and letters of Besa come from nine different parchment codices found in the library of the White Monastery, dating to the 7th/8th and 8th/9th centuries.

Bibliography

Edition: Kuhn, K.H., Letters and Sermons of Besa, CSCO vol. 157 (text) and CSCO vol. 158 (trans.) (Leuven, 1956). Discussion: Behlmer, H., Heilige Schriften als Waffe der Rhetorik. Autoritative Texte und ihre literarische Verarbeitung im Werk des ägyptischen Klostervorstehers Besa (in preparation).

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