Khirbet Beit Sila - St. Theodor

Inscription number: 
5
Selected bibliography: 
395-396, fig. 31 (ph., dr.)
414-415, no. 5 (dr.)
Abbreviation for Journals and Series
Epigraphical corpora: 

SEG 52 (2002): 1664 (ed. pr.)

CIIP IV.1 (2018): 2748 (phs., dr.)

Inscription type: 
dedicatory
invocation/prayer
Location: 

Findspot: On the hexagonal base of the ambo, installed in front of the northwestern corner of the chancel.

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

On a moveable object: 
ambo
Physical description : 

Dimensions of the base: Diameter: 101 cm, Length of facets 58 cm, Thickness of slab 8 cm. Text inscribed along three adjoining facets. It begins with a cross and ends with a decoration composed of two springs from which a cross emerges. The letters, 2.5-3 cm high, are finely carved, with drop-shaped omicrons, which do not appear before ca.540 CE. Horizontal stroke over nomen sacrum for abbreviation. 

Text: 

☩ Κ(ύρι)ε προσδέξαι τὴ[ν] καρποφο-

ρίαν τοῦ δούλου σοῦ Πέτρου τ-

οῦ πρεσβυτέρου. ☩

Translation: 

Lord, accept the offering of Thy servant Peter the priest.

Summary: 

Dedicatory inscription of Peter the priest on the ambo.

Contents
Ecclesiastical titles: 
presbyter
Titles/epithets of patrons/dedicators: 
servant of God
Personal names: 
Petrus
Epigraphical formulae: 
Lord/Christ, accept the offering…
offering (prosphorá/karpophoria)
Epigraphical Abbreviations: 
horizontal stroke over nomen sacrum