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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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Indexing of Manuscripts for the Churches of Naqada and Qus

Indexing of Manuscripts for the Churches of Naqada and Qus

(p.105) 11 Indexing of Manuscripts for the Churches of Naqada and Qus
Christianity and Monasticism in Upper Egypt

Gawdat Gabra

Hany N. Takla

American University in Cairo Press

The manuscript collection is a mine of knowledge concerning local clergy. The arrangement and classification system utilized in the manuscript library of the church are identical to the system used in the Patriarchate's library of manuscripts. Many of the archontes (notable persons) of the region sponsored the copying of manuscripts. The duplication of names makes it hard to identify the church associated with a manuscript, if it is not stated clearly. Dialectal pronunciation can also result in mistaken attribution of a manuscript. Another interesting feature, countering the trend at the time in the Coptic church toward imposing celibacy on bishops, is the name Matthias ibn al-Uskuf (the son of the bishop), showing that there was a bishop in the Naqada region who was married and had a son.

Keywords:   manuscripts, Patriarchate, archontes, Coptic church, Naqada, Qus, Matthias ibn al-Uskuf

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