Works of Shenoute of Atripe

Shenoute of Atripe (ca. 347-466) was the third archimandrite of the so-called White Monastery, located on Upper Egypt north of Thebes, just outside the town of Atripe (now the modern city of Sohag). He left an extensive literary heritage, which includes monastic canons, homilies for various religious feasts, and letters. Shenoute's writings provide an invaluable glimpse into the complex world of Egyptian monasticism in the 4th and 5th centuries. Notably, Shenoute is the most prominent author of Coptic literature, his writings being almost exclusively preserved in manuscript fragments from the White Monastery.

Image of White Monastery Church (Sohag, Egypt)

White Monastery Church (Sohag, Egypt). Credit: Carrie Schroeder

Image of Nave of the White Monastery Church (Sohag, Egypt).

Image of Nave of the White Monastery Church (Sohag, Egypt). Credit: Carrie Schroeder

<p>Mich. Ms. 158.13<br />Shenoute of Atripe (ca. 348-465). Acephalos work A6: 3-4. Parchment. First leaf of a two-leaf fragment (bifolium). Recto. White Monastery, Sohag (Egypt). Fragments of the same manuscript are kept in Naples, London, and Paris. ca. 10th century. Parchment; 31.5 x 25 cm.  </p>

Mich. Ms. 158.13
Shenoute of Atripe (ca. 348-465). Acephalos work A6: 3-4. Parchment. First leaf of a two-leaf fragment (bifolium). Recto. White Monastery, Sohag (Egypt). Fragments of the same manuscript are kept in Naples, London, and Paris. ca. 10th century. Parchment; 31.5 x 25 cm. 

<span>Mich. Ms. 158.13</span><br /><span>Shenoute of Atripe (ca. 348-465). </span>Acephalos work<span> A6: 3-4. Parchment. First leaf of a two-leaf fragment (bifolium). Verso. White Monastery, Sohag (Egypt). Fragments of the same manuscript are kept in Naples, London, and Paris. ca. 10th century. Parchment; 31.5 x 25 cm. </span>

Mich. Ms. 158.13
Shenoute of Atripe (ca. 348-465). Acephalos work A6: 3-4. Parchment. First leaf of a two-leaf fragment (bifolium). Verso. White Monastery, Sohag (Egypt). Fragments of the same manuscript are kept in Naples, London, and Paris. ca. 10th century. Parchment; 31.5 x 25 cm.

<p>Mich. Ms. 158.17<br /><span>Shenoute of Atripe (ca. 348-465). </span>Canon 4, Why, O Lord: 233-4. Parchment. <span> First leaf of a two-leaf fragment (bifolium). Recto. White Monastery, Sohag (Egypt). Fragments of the same manuscript are kept in Naples, Vienna, Cairo, Paris, London, and Cambridge. ca. 7th-8th century. Parchment; 26 x 21.7 cm. </span></p>

Mich. Ms. 158.17
Shenoute of Atripe (ca. 348-465). Canon 4, Why, O Lord. Parchment.  First leaf of a two-leaf fragment (bifolium). Recto. White Monastery, Sohag (Egypt). Fragments of the same manuscript are kept in Naples, Vienna, Cairo, Paris, London, and Cambridge. ca. 7th-8th century. Parchment; 26 x 21.7 cm.

<span>Mich. Ms. 158.17</span><br /><span>Shenoute of Atripe (ca. 348-465). </span>Canon 4, Why, O Lord. <span>Parchment. </span><span> First leaf of a two-leaf fragment (bifolium). Verso. White Monastery, Sohag (Egypt). Fragments of the same manuscript are kept in Naples, Vienna, Cairo, Paris, London, and Cambridge. ca. 7th-8th century </span>

Mich. Ms. 158.17
Shenoute of Atripe (ca. 348-465). Canon 4, Why, O Lord: 233-4. Parchment.  First leaf of a two-leaf fragment (bifolium). Verso. White Monastery, Sohag (Egypt).Fragments of the same manuscript are kept in Naples, Vienna, Cairo, Paris, London, and Cambridge. ca. 7th-8th century. Parchment; 26 x 21.7 cm. 

Mich. Ms. 158.18<br /><span>Shenoute of Atripe (ca. 348-465). </span>Canon 9, God Who Alone is True: 233-4.  Parchment. Recto. <span>White Monastery, Sohag (Egypt). Fragments of the same manuscript are kept in Cairo. ca. 7th-8th century. Parchment; 31 x 25.5 cm. </span><span> </span>

Mich. Ms. 158.18
Shenoute of Atripe (ca. 348-465). Canon 9, God Who Alone is True: 233-4. Parchment. Recto. White Monastery, Sohag (Egypt). Fragments of the same manuscript are hept in Cairo.  ca. 7th-8th century. Parchment; 31 x 25.5 cm. 

<span>Mich. Ms. 158.18</span><br /><span>Shenoute of Atripe (ca. 348-465). </span>Canon 9, God Who Alone is True: 233-4. <span>Parchment. Verso. </span><span>White Monastery, Sohag (Egypt). Fragments of the same manuscript are kept in Cairo. ca. 7th-8th century. Parchment; 31 x 25.5 cm. </span>

Mich. Ms. 158.18
Shenoute of Atripe (ca. 348-465). Canon 9, God Who Alone is True: 233-4. Parchment. Verso. White Monastery, Sohag (Egypt). Fragments of the same manuscript are kept in Cairo. ca. 7th-8th century. Parchment; 31 x 25.5 cm. 

Mich. Ms. 158.14<br />Shenoute of Atripe (ca. 348-465). Canon 7. Acephalos work A13: 79: i.1-ii.32. Is Ecclesiastes Not Wise: 80: i.2-ii.33. Parchment. Recto. <span>White Monastery, Sohag (Egypt). Fragments of the same manuscript are kept in Cairo. ca. 10th century. Parchment; 38 x 28.8 cm. </span>

Mich. Ms. 158.14
Shenoute of Atripe (ca. 348-465). Canon 7. Acephalos work A13: 79: i.1-ii.32. Is Ecclesiastes Not Wise: 80: i.2-ii.33. Parchment. Recto. White Monastery, Sohag (Egypt). Fragments of the same manuscript are kept in Cairo. ca. 10th century. Parchment; 38 x 28.8 cm. On the right edge of the page is a piece of leather being used as a tab, or marker, to allow readers to locate a section of the book easily.

<span>Mich. Ms. 158.14</span><br /><span>Shenoute of Atripe (ca. 348-465). Canon 7. Acephalos work A13: 79: i.1-ii.32. Is Ecclesiastes Not Wise: 80: i.2-ii.33. Parchment. Verso. </span><span>White Monastery, Sohag (Egypt). Fragments of the same manuscript are kept in Cairo. ca. 10th century. Parchment; 38 x 28.8 cm. </span><span> </span>

Mich. Ms. 158.14
Shenoute of Atripe (ca. 348-465). Canon 7. Acephalos work A13: 79: i.1-ii.32. Is Ecclesiastes Not Wise: 80: i.2-ii.33. Parchment. Verso. White Monastery, Sohag (Egypt). Fragments of the same manuscript are kept in Cairo. ca. 10th century. Parchment; 38 x 28.8 cm.

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