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Encomium on Pesynthios of Coptos

Encomium on Pesynthios of Coptos

The Recently Discovered Sahidic Version from Shaykh Abd al-Qurna

(p.21) 3 Encomium on Pesynthios of Coptos
Christianity and Monasticism in Upper Egypt
Gawdat GabraHany N. Takla
American University in Cairo Press

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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