SAINT OF TARNUT

A known only from the brief mention of him made by MIKHA’IL, bishop of and (c. 1240), in the (feast day: 27 Abib).

Tarnut (with a nonemphatic initial T, contrary to the forms given by , 1893, p. 493) is situated on the west branch of the Nile, where the road reaches it coming from .

When Abamun was in and saw how were being martyred, he presented himself of his own free will to , governor of , 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 , including a girl named , 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’Egypte à l’époque copte. Paris, 1893.

KHALIL SAMIR, S. J.

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