Khirbitah

KHIRBITAH

A town located on the western edge of the about 3 miles (5 km) southwest of Kom Hamadah in the Beheirah Province. In Greek the town was known as Andropolis.

Coptic sources from the pre- do not mention or churches in Khirbitah, but the fact that the town was a bishopric within a few decades of the suggests that it had been an important center of Christianity even earlier. Records indicate that from Khirbitah was one of those present when Patriarch JOHN III died in 686.

Khirbitah was still a bishopric in the as evidenced by the attendance of Bishop from Khirbitah at the election of II in 1078 and at a synod in Cairo in 1086 (Munier, 1943, pp. 26, 28).

BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • Munier, H. Recueil des listes épiscopales de l’église . Cairo, 1943.
  • Timm, S. Das christlich-koptische Ägypten in arabischer Zeit. Wiesbaden, 1985.

RANDALL STEWART