Khirbet ed Deir - Severianus

Church/Monastery name: 
Khirbet ed Deir - Severianus
Inscription number: 
Selected bibliography: 
377-383, no. 3 (ph.) (ed. pr.)
99-101, no. 3 (ph.)
51-52, no. 61
Abbreviation for Journals and Series
Epigraphical corpora: 

SEG 37 (1987): 1495

CIIP IV.2 (2018): 3819 (ph., dr.)

Inscription type: 

In the mosaic floor of the ante-chamber in front of the small rock-cut burial recess west of the church.

Physical description : 

Crowded nine-line mosaic inscription in black tesserae. Average height of the letters is 8 cm. Square, rough script.


      Δεῖ τὸ φθαρτὸν

      τοῦτο ἐνδύσασ-

      θαι ἀφθαρσίαν

4    καί τὸ θνητὸν

      τοῦτο ἐνδύσασ-

      θαι ἀθανασίαν

      σαλπίσει γὰρ

8    καὶ οἱ νεκροὶ



This perishable nature must put on the imperishable, and this mortal nature must put on immortality. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised.


This is a free rendering of I Corinthians 15:52-53 in which the order of the verses was changed and the sentence "we shall be changed" was omitted. This was probably done to avoid an Origenistic interpretation of Paul's words. The Origenist controversy came to Palestine at the beginning of the 6th century but was most bitter between 532 and 555. The use of the square alphabet in the inscription points to the earlier part of this century.

early 6th cent.

Free rendering of I Cor. on the floor before a burial recess, probably the tomb of the monastery's founder.

Citations from LXX / NT: 
I Cor. 15:52-53