Khirbet Beit Sila - St. Theodor

Inscription number: 
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: 

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.


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

Πέτρου, Ἰωαννου, Μαρίας, Ἀναστασίας,

Μαρίας, κ(αὶ) Ἀνδρέου τῶν φιλοχρίστον. ❧


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


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

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