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Christianity and Monasticism in Upper EgyptVolume 2 Nag Hammadi–Esna$
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Gawdat Gabra and Hany N. Takla

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774163111

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774163111.001.0001

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Encomium on Pesynthios of Coptos

Encomium on Pesynthios of Coptos

The Recently Discovered Sahidic Version from Shaykh Abd al-Qurna

Chapter:
(p.21) 3 Encomium on Pesynthios of Coptos
Source:
Christianity and Monasticism in Upper Egypt
Author(s):

Gawdat Gabra

Hany N. Takla

Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774163111.003.0003

Pesynthios's biography is preserved in Sahidic, Bohairic, and Arabic manuscripts, which will subsequently be referred to by means of sigla. Pesynthios, who did not aspire to the episcopal office, fled to the districts of Jeme (Western Thebes), but the clergy found him and brought him to Damian, patriarch of Alexandria (569–605), who ordained him bishop. Pesynthios probably continued to dwell in the Monastery of Tsenti, and was reputed for his prophetic gift and charity. The Sahidic, Bohairic, and Arabic versions display considerable variation in their titles and attribution. According to Górecki, Tomb 1151 may have served as a chapel, and Tomb 1152 appears to have been inhabited. In front of the entrance to this tomb was a tower almost six meters in height and built of mud bricks.

Keywords:   Pesynthios, sigla, Damian, Monastery of Tsenti, Coptos

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