HOP OF TUKH, APA, or Hub
A saint who was a holy monk of Upper Egypt (feast day: 16 Hatur). The Copto-Arabic SYNAXARION says very little except that he lived in a cave of the mountain of Tukh. It certainly meant the rocky area opposite QUS, for the recension of the Synaxarion from Upper Egypt was drawn up in the neighbourhood of Qus. He was buried in the Church of Peter the Great or the Elder, a personage mentioned several times in this Synaxarion. This church was at Qift. The Synaxarion recounts especially the miracle of a hyena’s cub, which was born lame and which the mother brought to the feet of the saint, who healed it by rubbing its paw.
This recalls a similar miracle attributed to MACARIUS THE EGYPTIAN in chapter 21 of the HISTORIA MONACHORUM IN AEGYPTO (ed. Festugière, 1971, p. 121) and to MACARIUS THE ALEXANDRIAN by Palladius, Historia lausiaca, chapter 18 (1904, p. 57).
- Festugière, A. J., ed. Historia monachorum in Aegypto. Subsidia Hagiographica 53. Brussels, 1971.