A native of the province of and a monk on the mountain of Benhadab. He was ordained a priest by Anba 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 animal flesh, but contented himself with bread and salt.

He was priest and head of the monks for seventeen years. When an angel warned him of his approaching death, he gathered the brethren together to urge them to observe the monastic . 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 of the Copts from at 21 .

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