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The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity


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Coptic fragments from the Life of Apa *Thomas (presumably the ascetic and patron saint at Wadi Sarga (Upper Egypt), S01695), of unknown Egyptian provenance, mentioning a vision of *Mary (Mother of Christ S00033) resulting in the making of a new member of the monastic community; datable to the 7th/8th century.

Evidence ID

E07041

Type of Evidence

Late antique original manuscripts - Papyrus codex

Literary - Hagiographical - Lives

Pushkin Museum in Moscow, I.1.b.274; 630; 633 (5664, 5744, 5711)

Fragment 633, col. 2:

ⲛⲁ ⲇⲉ ⲛⲧⲉⲣⲉⲥϫⲟⲟⲩ ⲛⲁϥ ⲛϭⲓ ⲧⲡⲁⲣⲑⲉⲛⲟⲥ ⲁⲥϩⲟⲡⲥ ⲉⲣⲟⲟⲩ · ⲁⲡⲁ ⲓ̣ⲱ̣ϩⲁⲛⲛⲏⲥ ⲇⲉ ⲁϥϣⲱϥ̣ ⲛⲧⲉϥⲁⲡⲉ · ⲁϥⲧⲣⲉⲩϯ ⲙⲡⲉⲥⲭⲏⲙⲁ
ⲉⲧⲟⲩⲁⲁⲃ ⲉϫⲱϥ ⲁϥⲕⲁⲁϥ ϩⲁⲧⲏ̣ϥ ϩⲛ ⲧⲉⲥ̣ⲟ̣ⲟ̣ⲩ̣ⲁ̣ϩ̣ⲥ̣ (?) ⲙⲡⲓⲱⲧ ⲙ[ⲡ]ⲁⲩⲏⲧ

‘After the Virgin said these words, she hid herself from them. Apa Ioannes shaved his head. He had the holy garment put on him and placed himself within the congregation of the father of the community.’

(Text and translation:
A. I. Elanskaya, slightly modified)

Cult Places

Cult building - monastic

Places Named after Saint

Monastery

Miracles

Apparition, vision, dream, revelation

Source

These papyrus fragments at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, I.1.b.274; 630; 633 (5664, 5744, 5711), are dated on palaeographical grounds to the 7th/8th century.


Bibliography

Text and translation:
Elanskaya, A.I., The Literary Coptic Manuscripts in the A. S. Pushkin State Fine Arts Museum in Moscow (Leiden, 1994), 131–135.


Record Created By

Gesa Schenke

Date Last Modified

09/08/2019

Related Saint Records
IDNameName in SourceIdentity
S00033Mary, Mother of ChristCertain
S01695Thomas, Apa Thomas, patron saint at Wadi Sargaⲁⲡⲁ ⲑⲱⲙⲁⲥCertain


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