|TM ID||TM 79056|
|Findspot (DEChriM ID)||53 (Ǧabal Mūsā)||Class||Textual|
SEG XLIV 1434; SB XXII 15481: Christian invocation
Christian invocation reading "Lord Jesus Christ, save and have mercy on your servant Salamanis". Initial and final crosses; use of nomina sacra.
According to the editors, the formula and the name (Syrian-Palestinian) suggest that the dedicant came from Syria or Palestine, perhaps by sea via Sinai.
|Selection criteria||Mention of Christian individuals/communities, Christian terms/formulas/concepts, Christian symbols/gestures/isopsephy, Nomina sacra|
Palaeographically dated 4th-6th c. in ed. pr.
|Absolute/relative date||Relative date|
In the ed. pr. (Bagnall and Sheridan 1994a), the text is said to be inscribed on a plaque of friable stone found in the apsed building, during the excavation of the fort at Abū Šaʿr. More details are given in Bagnall and Sheridan 1994b: 109, where they distinguish two contexts for the texts published in 1994a: one including Latin inscriptions and a Greek ostracon coming from the early fourth-century fort, and another one with "the other texts [including this Greek inscription] that come from the time when the enclosure and buildings were reoccupied and the main building turned into a church".
Egypt, Abū Šaʿr, excavation 1990-1991, field number AS90D-SEX PB#8