Abd Al-Masih

ABD AL-MASIH A manuscript of the Coptic Patriarchate, Cairo (Theology 290; Graf, no. 533; Simaykah, no. 333) contains a collection of 149 poems in simple literary Arabic on moral and religious subjects, composed by Anba Bistawrah, known as al-Hariri (Graf, 1934, Vol. 4, p. 133). It was copied by Ibrahim ibn Sulayman al-Najjar al-Miri in …

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Abu Ishaq Ibn Fadlallah

ABU ISHAQ IBN FADLALLAH A tenth-century Coptic author and one of the first to write in Arabic. Abu Ishaq left two works, composed in the year A.M. 641/A.D. 924-925. This is earlier than the work of SAWIRUS IBN AL-MUQAFFA‘, Coptic bishop of al-Ashmunayn, who is generally considered the first Coptic author to write in Arabic. …

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Abbot

ABBOT. In the ancient monastic sources (APOPHTHEGMATA PATRUM, HISTORIA MONACHORUM IN AEGYPTO, PALLADIUS Historia Lausiaca, etc.), the name of a monk is generally preceded by the Greek word abbas or abba, the cognate of the Coptic apa (Sahidic) or abba (Bohairic), the Arabic aba or anba. This is clearly the Aramaic and Syriac ab in …

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Abdallah Ibn Musa

ABDALLAH IBN MUSA. Abdallah is known only from a note left in a manuscript (National Library, Paris, Arabe 107, fol. 126v), which states that he was a deacon and that the manuscript belonged to him. The manuscript was copied by a Copt and completed on 16 Kanun II 1696 of the Greeks/A.D. 1385, suggesting that …

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Saint Abamun Of Tarnut

SAINT ABAMUN OF TARNUT A fourth-century martyr known only from the brief mention of him made by MIKHA’IL, bishop of Atrib and Malij (c. 1240), in the Copto-Arabic SYNAXARION (feast day: 27 Abib). Tarnut (with a nonemphatic initial T, contrary to the forms given by E. AMÉLINEAU, 1893, p. 493) is situated on the west …

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