Khirbet Beit Sila - St. Theodor

Inscription number: 
3
Selected bibliography: 
383-385, fig. 16 (ph., dr.)
412-413, no. 3 (dr.)
Abbreviation for Journals and Series
Epigraphical corpora: 

SEG 52 (2002): 1663 (ed. pr.)

CIIP IV.1 (2018): 2746 (ph.)

Inscription type: 
commemorative
Location: 

Findspot: On the altar base set into in the floor of the apse.

Pres. loc.: Good Samaritan Museum, Maʿale Adumim. Autopsy: 22 October 2013 (Werner Eck, Dirk Koßmann), 14 April 2017 (Walter Ameling).

On a moveable object: 
altar base
Physical description : 

Three-line inscription engraved in the lower part of a marble slab (altar base). Letters are 3-4 cm high, finely cut, oval-shaped / belonging to the round alphabet, with drop-shaped omicrons and thetas indicating a date later than the inscription at the foot of the bema. Lifted and lowered letters for abbreviation (pi both above and, redundantly, also below upsilon for ὑπ(έρ); nu above and eta below mu for μνή(μης). Diagonal stroke on lower leg of kappa for καί.

Text: 

Ὑπ(ὲρ) μνή(μης) κ(αὶ) ἀναπαύσ(εως) τῶν ἀδελφῶν ἡμῶν

Πέτρου, Ἰωαννου, Μαρίας, Ἀναστασίας,

Μαρίας, κ(αὶ) Ἀνδρέου τῶν φιλοχρίστον. ❧

Translation: 

For the memory and repose of our Christ-loving brothers Peter, John, Mary, Anastasia, Mary, and Andrew. 

Summary: 

Commemoration of siblings or members of a village community or clan on an altar base.

Contents
Titles/epithets of patrons/dedicators: 
Christ loving
Personal names: 
Anastastia, Andreas, Ioannes, Maria, Petrus
Kinship terms: 
siblings
Epigraphical formulae: 
remembrance (mnêmê)
repose (anapausis, koimêsis)
Epigraphical Abbreviations: 
lifted and lowered letters, diagonal stroke on kappa