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 -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 branch of the Nile, where the road reaches it coming from Wadi al-Natrun.

When Abamun was in Upper and saw how were being martyred, he presented himself of his own free will to Arianus, of ANTINOOPOLIS, who had him tortured (blows, stringing-up, iron combs, and nails in his body). He then sent him to Alexandria, where many Christians, inspired by his example, offered themselves for martyrdom, including a girl named Theophila, who railed against the governor and his idols. She was cast into the fire, which failed to harm her, and was then beheaded. As for Abamun, his limbs were cut off and he was beheaded.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • Amélineau, E. La Géographie de l’ à l’époque copte. Paris, 1893.

KHALIL SAMIR, S. J.