The ‘Coptic Gnostic Library of Nag Hammadi’ and the Faw Qibli Excavations

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:
The ‘Coptic Gnostic Library of Nag Hammadi’ and the Faw Qibli Excavations

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Faw al-Qibli (or “South Faw”) is identifiable with the ancient village called Pbow in Coptic, both on the basis of the name and also by the presence at the town's western edge of architectural remains that are best interpreted as parts of an ancient church. It has been called the “the Basilica of St. Pachomius” ever since it was first described in western scholarship. The Basilica of St. Pachomius' site was recognizable mainly from the presence of a number of granite columns lying exposed on the surface of the ground. Some scant remains of buildings other than the church have been exposed here and there in close proximity to it, but such buildings were most likely nowhere near as sturdy as the monumental church to begin with and have in any case fallen victim to agriculture, or else they lie beneath the current structures of Faw al-Qibli.

Keywords: Coptic; Basilica of St. Pachomius; Faw al-Qibli; Pbow

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Subjects: Christianity

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