Khirbet el-Beiyudat - Church

Inscription number: 
2
Selected bibliography: 
267-268, no. 2 (dr.) (ed. pr.)
165-166, no. 2, pl. VIIIa (ph.)
593, no. 203* B, fig. 245 (ph.)
20, no. 16
Abbreviation for Journals and Series
Epigraphical corpora: 

SEG 40 (1990): 1476

CIIP IV.1 (2018): 2673 (ph., dr.)

Inscription type: 
building
commemorative
Location: 

At the eastern end of the mosaic pavement of the southeastern room.

Physical description : 

Four-line inscription set in a tabula ansata (68 x 138 cm) traced in blue tesserae. Rows of red tesserae separate the lines of text. The characters, traced in blue tesserae, are neat and well-spaced and mainly belong to the Byzantine round alphabet, with the exception of the sigmas and some of the epsilons, which are square. Their shapes reflect a date not later than the first half of the 6th century. Abbreviations: a long horizonal stroke above the nomen sacrum and stigmas. 

Text: 

☩ Κ(ύρι)ε μνήσθι(τι) Λούκα

τοῦ πρεσβ(υτέρου) ὅτι

ἐκ τῶν καμάτων

ἀυτοῦ ἐψηφώθη.

Translation: 

Lord, remember Luke the priest, because (this room) was paved through his efforts.

Commentary: 

Only one phonetic spelling: μνήσθι(τι) for μνήσθη(τι).

Date: 
early 6th cent. (?)
Summary: 

Dedicatory building inscription of Luke the priest within a tabula ansata, at the eastern end of the mosaic pavement of the southeastern room.

Contents
Actions: 
was paved with mosaic
Ecclesiastical titles: 
presbyter
Personal names: 
Lucas
Epigraphical formulae: 
at own expenses
Lord/Christ, remember...
Epigraphical Abbreviations: 
horizonal stroke over nomen sacrum, stigmas