Homily II on the Passion

Accession number: 
MS M.594
Homily II on the Passion
Egypt, ca. 822/23-913/14.
Ancient binding: According to Petersen, upper and lower covers, and half of the back, of leather, over papyrus boards. (Binding catalogued separately as MS M.594A.)
Purchased for J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1911.
20 leaves (2 columns, 38-39 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 327 x 260 mm
Property of the Monastery of Apa Epima of Ps̆ānte at Narmoute in the Fayyūm Province, Egypt; Monastery of Saint Michael (Dayr al-Malāk Mīkhāʼil); found in 1910 near the village of Hamuli, Fayyūm Province, Egypt, at the site of the Monastery of Saint Michael; purchased in Paris in 1911 for J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) from Arthur Sambon, a dealer acting in behalf of a consortium of owners including a certain J. Kalebdian; J.P. Morgan (1867-1943).

Manuscript of a homily on the Passion, attributed to St. Cyril of Jerusalem (St. Cyril, Bishop of Jerusalem); written and illuminated in Egypt, ca. 822/23-913/14.
Text: Homily II on the Passion.
Colophons: Plimpton 1, fol. 7v: Owner's name in Greek and Coptic: Property of the Monastery of Apa Epima of Psănte ("the acacia grove") at Narmoute (Narmouthis) in the Faiyum; for Ps̆ōnte (Psante) (Greek Akanthōn? "acacia"); 2) Plimpton 1, fol. 7v: Donation (?) or copyists (?) in Coptic: [...] memorializing [...] and Apiu or [...]apiu the priest and his son. (Since this text immediately follows colophon 1, it probably requests prayers for either the donors or the copyists (cf. Depuydt).
Written area ca. 274 x 191 mm. Divisions: Ekthesis, slightly enlarged initial, and paragraphus sign (painted budded diple, budded diple and obelus, or rarely coronis) setting off paragraphs..
Script: Upright (titles right-sloping). 10 lines = ca. 71 mm
Superlineation: Non-standard. Punctuation: Raised reddened dot in conjunction with a space; reddened colon and horizontal space filler at ends of paragraphs. Tremas.
Collation: No remains of signatures; no quire ornaments, monograms, headlines or catchwords.
Scribe: unknown; last letters of name may be apiu. Petersen (1954) suggests there are two copyists.
Decoration: frontispiece, headpiece, paragraphus signs, page numbers, extended letter. Colors: strong reddish orange (Centroid 25), green (chemically altered).
Related fragments: Five fragmentary leaves immediately following fol. 20 (completing the text block) are wanting and are now held at Columbia University as Plimpton 1.

Coptic, the Sahidic dialect