Guest Post: A. Alcock – Teaching of Apa Psote, the Great Bishop of Psoi

The Coptic text was published by E.A. Wallis Budge Miscellaneous Coptic Texts (1915) pp. 147ff. It is one of two texts in BM Or. 7597, the other being a discourse by Severus of Antioch on several topics. It is dated by Budge to the second half of the 10th cent., who writes that it was bound in boards made of papyrus leaves bound in leather and kept closed by two leather loops knotted in one cover, which slipped over two bone pegs in the other cover. One peg has survived in situ. There are traces of the tooling work in the leather. On fol. 1b there is a prayer that the writer of the text may be blessed by God. Psote is also mentioned in another text in this volume, the Encomium of Theodore the Anatolian, which Budge describes as ‘historical romance’. The reader is recommended to consult http://cdm15831.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/cce/i/1635/rec/1
for more information. It is a notice by T. Orlandi, the author of Il dosssier copto del martire Psote (1978). I have not read this work, but I am sure that Prof. Orlandi has made a profound study of the texts in the ‘dossier’.. My aim here is simply to provide an unadorned but, I hope, accurate English version of the words attributed to Psote before his martyrdom.

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94Photo: Page from the Sahidic version of the Martyrdom of Psote of Psoi. From the White Monastery, Upper Egypt.

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