Indexing of Manuscripts for the Churches of Naqada and Qus

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:
Indexing of Manuscripts for the Churches of Naqada and Qus

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The manuscript collection is a mine of knowledge concerning local clergy. The arrangement and classification system utilized in the manuscript library of the church are identical to the system used in the Patriarchate's library of manuscripts. Many of the archontes (notable persons) of the region sponsored the copying of manuscripts. The duplication of names makes it hard to identify the church associated with a manuscript, if it is not stated clearly. Dialectal pronunciation can also result in mistaken attribution of a manuscript. Another interesting feature, countering the trend at the time in the Coptic church toward imposing celibacy on bishops, is the name Matthias ibn al-Uskuf (the son of the bishop), showing that there was a bishop in the Naqada region who was married and had a son.

Keywords: manuscripts; Patriarchate; archontes; Coptic church; Naqada; Qus; Matthias ibn al-Uskuf

Chapter.  3997 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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