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Perg. Cairo EM without number

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Collection Cairo, Egyptian Museum
Inventory Number Perg. Cairo EM without number
Publication Number ASAE 23
Current Location Cairo Coptic Museum
Publication Permission Status (unknown)
Publication Status partly published

Origin / Provenance

Ancient Provenance Site Aswan / Syene (Swn; Συήνη, סונ, ⲥⲟⲩⲁⲁⲛ) [Trismegistos]
Certainty: medium
Ancient Provenance District Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]
District of Find / Purchase in Egypt Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]


Object Type parchment
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation Three parchment fragments in a very bad condition.

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object flesh / hair side
Range of Preservation (Text) incomplete
State of Preservation (Text) Badly preserved, fragmentary.
Script, Primary Coptic
Language, Primary Sahidic
Comments on Text Layout Three fragments of the same folio, all inscribed on both sides. Frg 1 has parts of lines 1-14, frg 2 has parts of lines 12-20, frg 3 has parts of lines 16-22


Text Content

Modern Title Ps.-Chrysostom`s Encomium on the Four Bodiless Creatures
Text Types
  • literary
  • religious
  • religious | Christian
  • religious-literary
  • religious-literary | Christian
Summary of Content In Munier`s edition the text was not identified, tentatively "Livre d`Enoch" (Book of Enoch). Birger A. Pearson identifies it as fragments of a homily on the four living creatures of the Apoclypse of St. John (Rev 4,6-8). Another manuscript with this homily is in the Pierpont Morgan Library (M612), the present fragments correspond to paragraphs 25-27 of this M612 manuscript. In this section Christ gives a description of the four creatures in a dialogue with Thomas.
Location of Composition Aswan / Syene Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: medium)
Multilingualism Monolingual
Religion Christianity



Transcription Translation Pictures
1(... up)on (the earth)
3(..) the world (...)
4the creatures. If this (wrath is kindled, they cry)
5out, saying "Holy, (Holy),
6Holy are you, O Lord Sabaoth. (You without anger, do not)
7be angry. You without sin, do not take reckoning (with the)
8sinful (children) of humanity. You without evil, (do not wish)
9evil upon the children of (humanity, for they)
10are flesh and blood. If you (pay close attention to lawlessness),
11who will be able to stand (in your)
12presence? (...)
13and (...) and (...) and (...)
14(...) every mercy ...
15(Through) their holy prayer, when the
16(creatures) entreat) the Father in this way,
17(their prayer) becomes strong (like a hard stone)
18(between) the Father and
19the (world so that their sinful stench) may not
20come up (to him). And the Father
21ceases from his wrath. (Furthermore, O my) fellow
22holy (members), behold (I say)
3(...) Saraphouel and (Michael)
4(and Gabriel) and Mary, (my mother the)
5(virgin), and Enoch the scribe, (which they)
6(make) for the world, they would (not)
7(be given) even a small piece of bread for their houses
8(and) wine, (whether) garment or anything
9(...) except they give them
10(...) and the other things lacking. For this reason
11(my Father) appointed Enoch
12the (scribe of) righteousness
13under (the creature with the) human (face...)
14For if a person sins, even to (commiting)
15fornication or (defilement or murder)
16or magical arts (or) sorcery
17(...) (when he)
18comes to the end of his life, (one of the creatures, the)
19one with the (human) face, (cries out, and) he
20exhorts Enoch the scribe of
21(righteousness) saying, "Do not be hasty in writing down
22(the sins of the children) of men, but
Places (read out from edition)





DatasetID 316363
last Change 29.07.2022
Author Andrea Hasznos
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 316363 (= Perg. Cairo EM without number), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Andrea Hasznos.