R. POCOCKE

Coptological Studies

COPTOLOGICAL STUDIES Coptological studies may be divided into several periods. The oldest began in the first Christian centuries, when the Greek alphabet with the additional letters from demotic was used to elevate the spoken Egyptian language into a written language. This made it possible for many Egyptians to read the Old and New Testaments or …

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Dayr Al-Maymun

DAYR AL-MAYMUN History It is known that Saint ANTONY at first lived near the Nile before going into isolation near the Red Sea. This place near the Nile was called Pispir or Tilodj (Palladius, 1898-1904, chap. 25). Thus, one finds: “When I arrived at his monastery which is near the river, at the place named …

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Dayr Al-Sab‘At Jibal

DAYR AL-SAB‘AT JIBAL [In two parts this entry discusses the history and description, as well as the architecture of Dayr al- Sab‘at Jibal.] History This monastery is in Wadi bir al-‘Ayn, southwest of AKHMIM. It is without doubt the one called Dayr Abu Halbanah by ABU SALIH THE ARMENIAN (1895, p. 243), for this author …

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Dayr Qubbat Al-Hawa

DAYR QUBBAT AL-HAWA History This Coptic monastery, today in ruins, took its name from the hill where a shaykh is buried, on the flanks of which are the tombs of the governors of Aswan during the New Kingdom, in particular those of Koui (Khui) and Kounes (Khune). These tombs seem to have been inhabited by …

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Dayr Anba Bisadah

DAYR ANBA BISADAH History This monastery, on the right bank of the Nile in the village of al- Ahaywah Sharq, about 11 miles (18 km) south of Akhmim, preserves the memory and the relics of a martyr bishop in the fourth century, PSOTE. He was bishop of the town of Psoi/Ptolemais, which at least in …

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