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Christianity and Monasticism in Middle Egypt$
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Gawdat Gabra and Hany Takla

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9789774166631

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774166631.001.0001

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The Monastery of Apa Thomas at Wadi Sarga: Points of Departure for a Relative Chronology

The Monastery of Apa Thomas at Wadi Sarga: Points of Departure for a Relative Chronology

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(p.1) 1 The Monastery of Apa Thomas at Wadi Sarga: Points of Departure for a Relative Chronology
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Christianity and Monasticism in Middle Egypt
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Renate Dekker

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774166631.003.0001

This chapter discusses the identification of the superiors of the Monastery of Apa Thomas at Wadi Sarga and presents some points of departure for reconstructing a relative chronology of this monastic community based on Coptic epitaphs and documents. The first part demonstrates that the monastic saints invoked in the epitaphs on stelae were in fact superiors of the Monastery of Apa Thomas, and that some of them are also attested in Coptic documents. The second part discusses a recent hypothesis that the monastery at Wadi Sarga was possibly dependent on the Monastery of Apa Apollo at Bawit. The last section presents the individuals who occur in several texts and can also be linked to one of the leaders. Their appearance not only enables us to distinguish dossiers of contemporary texts, but also to refine the relative chronology of the superiors of the monastery.

Keywords:   monasteries, Apa Thomas, Wadi Sarga, Christianity, monastic community, monastic saints, epitaphs, superiors, Monastery of Apa Apollo

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