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New Ostraca from Thebes

Gawdat Gabra and Hany N. Takla

in Christianity and Monasticism in Upper Egypt

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9789774163111
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970481 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774163111.003.0001
New Ostraca from Thebes

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The ostraca were found scattered throughout the hermitage, but most of the material came from the dump. The ostraca presented here come from excavations in Western Thebes. They were mainly inscribed on potsherds; there are also a certain number of texts written on limestone flakes. The number of ostraca found as of 2007 has been estimated to be 210 pieces; however, this number is still not established conclusively, as some separated fragments may eventually be placed together. The tomb itself does not have a TT number typical for the Theban region. They are diverse in content, some of them were written for the sake of practice writing. Few bear biblical texts, such as psalm (the ostracon K.O. 158 contains the two last verses of Psalm 145 and Psalm 146).

Keywords: ostraca; Thebes; potsherds; tomb; Theban; psalm

Chapter.  1256 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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