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Christianity and Monasticism in Upper EgyptVolume 1: Akhmim and Sohag$
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Gawdat Gabra and Hany N. Takla

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789774161223

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774161223.001.0001

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Once more into the Desert of Apa Shenoute

Once more into the Desert of Apa Shenoute

Further Thoughts on BN 68

(p.169) 16 Once more into the Desert of Apa Shenoute
Christianity and Monasticism in Upper Egypt

Gawdat Gabra

Hany N. Takla

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter presents a further analysis of the manuscript known as BN Copte 68, a trilingual (Coptic-Greek-Arabic) paper codex written in the 15th to 16th centuries and containing instructions for worshipers and liturgical readings. It examines a specific rite that stays very close to the main monastery and church, asking whether it directs the worshipers around the entire domain of Apa Shenoute or confines them to the small area around the main monastery. It also considers the sermon of Shenoute, Good is the Time for Launching a Boat to Sail, which was read during the rite, and whether it helps us understand the rite.

Keywords:   Shenoute, BN Copte 68, manuscripts, liturgical readings, rites

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