One of several Alexandrian splinter groups of those who, because they had rejected the communion of their patriarch, were known as Acephaloi (headless). They separated themselves from the Jacobites in the latter part of the under Emperor Zeno. In the patriarchate of II (705-730), John of Sa converted the Barsanuphians at al-Muna to orthodoxy.

At the beginning of the ninth century II, patriarch of Alexandria, the two leaders of the Barsanuphians, George and his son Abraham, at the Church of the Martyr Saint at Maryut. The rest of the Barsanuphians then followed their leaders back into the communion of the church.

The from whom the sect derived its name was not BARSANUPHIUS the Anchorite monk but a pretender to the rank.


  • Neale, J. M. A History of the Holy Eastern Church: The Patriarchate of Alexandria, Vol. 2, pp. 22, 137. London, 1847.