Ḥura; Ḥorvat Ḥura; Khirbet Ḥura - Monastery

Church/Monastery name: 
Ḥura; Ḥorvat Ḥura; Khirbet Ḥura - Monastery
Inscription number: 
Selected bibliography: 
(Y. Ustinova)
115 (ph.) (Y. Ustinova) (in Hebrew)
Abbreviation for Journals and Series
Epigraphical corpora: 

SEG 65 (2015): 1766 (ed. pr.)

Inscription type: 

In the mosaic floor in front of the entrance to the main courtyard, belonging to an earlier building upon which the monastery was constructed.

Physical description : 

Broken three-line mosaic inscription within a rectangular frame. Βlack letters on white background with red ruled lines and polychrome border.


☩ Ἐπὶ τοῦ θεοφιλεστάτου Σόμμ[ου ἡγουμένου (?) ὅτι ἐκ τ-]

ῶν καμάτων αὐτοῦ καὶ Ἐλε̣[υθερίου τὰ ὧδε ἐγένετο (?).]

Ἐτελιώθ(η) δὲ μη(νὶ) Ἀρτεμησίο̣[υ - - - ]


Under the most God-loving Somm[os, abbot (? or priest, or deacon), for by] his efforts and (those) of Ele[utherios this here work was done (?).] And it was completed in the month of Artemiso[s ... ]


Sommos or Somas or Summos is a common Palestinian name, the only possible solution given the surviving letters; also the restoration Ele[utherios] is most likely. The name of Sommos was probably followed by his title, ἡγουμένου or πρεσβυτέρου or even διακόνου. For a similar wording (because by his efforts — usually meaning ‘at his expenses’ — a certain work was done), see Inscr. 2 in the church at Kh. Beiyudat (CAHL, pp. 267–268).

Given date: 

Dated mosaic building inscription of Somm[os] and Ele[utherios], belonging to an earlier building upon which the monastery was constructed.

the work was done
Epithets of clergy/monks: 
God-loving (theophiles)
Personal names: 
Eleutherios, Sommos
Epigraphical formulae: 
own efforts (spoudê, kamatos/kopos)
Epigraphical Abbreviations: 
overhanging eta for μη(νί)