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.
Inscriptions - Funerary inscriptions
KSB 1 480
ⲡⲓⲱⲧ ⲡϣⲏⲣⲉ ⲡⲉⲡⲛⲁ
ⲡⲉⲛⲉⲓⲱⲧ ⲁⲡⲁ ⲓⲉⲣⲏ-
ⲙⲓⲁⲥ ⲙⲛ ⲁⲡⲁ ⲉⲛⲱⲭ
ⲁⲙⲁ ⲥⲓⲃⲩⲗⲗⲁ // ⲧⲉⲛ-
ⲙⲁⲁⲩ ⲙⲁⲣⲓⲁ ⲙⲓⲭⲁⲏⲗ
ⲛⲧⲱⲃⲉ ϩⲛ ⲟⲩⲉⲓⲣⲏ-
ⲛⲏ ϩⲁⲙⲏⲛ ⲡⲉⲛⲥⲟⲛ
ⲙⲁⲕⲁⲣⲉ ⲁϥⲙⲧⲟⲛ ⲙ-
ⲙⲟϥ ⲛⲥⲟⲩ ϥⲧⲟⲟⲩ
. . . . . . . . . . . .
“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.
SourceThe marble plaque belongs to the Egyptian Museum at the Vatican.
DiscussionApa 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.
BibliographyHasitzka, M.R.M., Koptisches Sammelbuch I (KSB I) (Vienna, 1993), 171–172.
|ID||Name||Name in Source||Identity||S00033||Mary, Mother of Christ||ⲧⲉⲛⲙⲁⲁⲩ ⲙⲁⲣⲓⲁ||Certain||S00181||Michael, the Archangel||ⲙⲓⲭⲁⲏⲗ||Certain||S00773||Jeremias, Enoch, and Sibylla||ⲡⲉⲛⲉⲓⲱⲧ ⲁⲡⲁ ⲓⲉⲣⲏⲙⲓⲁⲥ, ⲁⲡⲁ ⲉⲛⲱⲭ, ⲁⲙⲁ ⲥⲓⲃⲩⲗⲗⲁ||Certain|
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Gesa Schenke, Cult of Saints, E01248 - http://csla.history.ox.ac.uk/record.php?recid=E01248