Khirbet ed Deir - Severianus

Church/Monastery name: 
Khirbet ed Deir - Severianus
Inscription number: 
Selected bibliography: 
368-373, no. 1 (ph.) (ed. pr.)
97-98, no. 1 (ph.)
51, no. 61
Abbreviation for Journals and Series
Epigraphical corpora: 

SEG 37 (1987): 1493; 49 (1999): 2067

CIIP IV.2 (2018): 3818 (ph.)

Inscription type: 

In the mosaic carpet of the prayer hall of the Cave Church, near the carpet's eastern border.

Physical description : 

Three-line inscription within a tabula ansata (30 x 30 cm). Inscription 270 cm long; letters ca. 7 cm high. Lines of script separated by yellow strips (1 cm wide). Text begins and ends with florets. Horizonal stroke above sacred name.


(floret) Μνήσθητι ἡμῶν Κ(ύρι)ε ἐν τῇ εὐδοκίᾳ τοῦ λαοῦ σου

ἐπισκ[έ]ψαι ἡμᾶς ἐν τῷ σωτηρίῳ σου τοῦ ἰδ[ε]ῖν

έν [τ]ῇ χρηστότητι τῶν ἐκλεκτῶν σου. 


Remember us, O Lord, with the favor thou has to thy people; visit us with thy salvation, that we may behold the good of thine elect.


This is not a commonly quoted verse from Psalms (for another example, see ILGS, no. 1522). It is likely that τῶν ἐκλεκτῶν, "the elect," was understood to refer to the monastic community itself.

late 5th - early 6th cent.

Psalm quotation within a tabula ansata, in the mosaic carpet of the prayer hall.

Epigraphical formulae: 
Lord/Christ, remember...
Citations from LXX / NT: 
Ps. 105 (106):4-5
Epigraphical Abbreviations: 
horizontal stroke over nomen sacrum