A native of the province of Qift and a monk on the mountain of Benhadab. He was ordained a by Timotheus, bishop of Qift, who named him the superior of the monks who lived on this mountain. This nomination by the bishop of the town, and not by election by the other monks, as was the case elsewhere, is notable. Samuel never wished to distinguish himself from his brothers in diet or in clothing, but sought to be the least of all. He ate no flesh, but contented himself with bread and salt.

He was and head of the monks for seventeen years. When an angel warned him of his approaching death, he gathered the together to urge them to observe the monastic canons. His body was buried in the church of Anba the Elder in the town of Qift.

Samuel appears only in the notice in the recension of the SYNAXARION of the from Upper Egypt at 21 Kiyahk.