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E06820: Coptic manuscript from the monastery of the Archangel Michael near Hamouli in the Fayum, relating the elevated status and function of *Michael, the Archangel (S00181); most likely written during the 6th century. Skeleton entry

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Pierpont Morgan Codex M593 (folios 1r– 30v = pages 1–60)

The text begins with Jesus instructing his disciples on the creation of the world. They are asking him questions, and he explains the order of events to them. He relates in what order the angles were created, beginning with the first angel Saklataboth. The second angel created was Michael, the third Gabriel and the fourth Raphael.
After the creation of Adam, Jesus claims that the archangel Saklataboth refused to honour God's creation, Adam. As a result, God chose Michael to replace Saklataboth as the new head of the archangels.

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Evidence ID


Saint Name

Michael, the Archangel : S00181

Type of Evidence

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



Evidence not before


Evidence not after


Activity not before


Activity not after


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 - Festivals

  • Saint’s feast

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - monastic

Cult activities - Places Named after Saint

  • Monastery

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives



The parchment manuscript forms part of the Pierpont Morgan Codex M593 (folios 1r– 30v = pages 1–60), 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: Alcock, A., "The Coptic version of the Investiture of the Archangel Michael," (2016): (accessed 02/08/2019)

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