al-QALAMUN

Takinash (Bani Suef)

TAKINASH (Bani Suef) A monastery mentioned several times in the Life of SAMU’IL OF QALAMUN. Driven from Scetis by the envoy of Cyrus, the Chalcedonian archbishop of Alexandria, Samu’il withdrew with his disciples to the south, to the mountain of Takinash. After being delivered from the bedouin who had taken him prisoner, he founded Qalamun …

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Dayr Al-Muttinh

DAYR AL-NAQLUN or Dayr al-Malak Ghubriyal History By the middle of the third century, Christianity was well established in the oasis of the Fayyum. EUSEBIUS mentioned Bishop Nepos of the Fayyum, who in the first half of the third century was known for his millennial interpretation of the Scriptures. During the Diocletian persecution, Theophilus, Patricia, …

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Anchorite

ANCHORITE History Anchorites are those ascetic hermits who embraced the highest degree of monastic life by retreating into the Egyptian desert and living in complete seclusion and self-mortification. The annals of the Coptic church abound in names of anchorites who lived between the third and seventh centuries. An anchorite could spend many decades in caves …

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Panine And Paneu

PANINE AND PANEU A legendary saints and objects of a ninth-century cult. The surviving portions of this attractive legend were edited from the remains of two codices of the White Monastery (DAYR ANBA SHINUDAH) by G. Zoega (1810), C. Wessely (1917), W. Till (1935), and T. Orlandi (1978). To his edition, Till added a German …

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Misa’il, Saint

MISA’IL, SAINT, ascetic. The principal source for his life is the notice for 13 Kiyahk in the SYNAXARION of the Copts from Lower Egypt; the Synaxarion from Upper Egypt does not refer to him. The name Misa’il is evidently a borrowing from the Bible, frequent in the Byzantine period, when the cult of the THREE …

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