Khirbet Juḥzum - MARCIANUS (?)

Church/Monastery name: 
Khirbet Juḥzum - MARCIANUS (?)
Inscription number: 
Selected bibliography: 
573 (ed. pr.)
158-159, pl. 48.153-154 (phs.)
Abbreviation for Journals and Series
Epigraphical corpora: 

SEG 16 (1959): 851

CIIP IV.1 (2018): 3293 (phs.)

Inscription type: 

On a stone stele found in close proximity to a tomb placed in the wall near the entrance.

Physical description : 

Stela of “pietra tenera” (Corbo), broken at the top. On one side a six-line Greek inscription on guidelines. On the other side of the stone a relief with two peacocks(?), symbols of immortality. The trees behind the birds are possibly palm trees, showing the victory over death; the whole scene is framed by two columns. It is hard to make sense of the upper part of the relief; Corbo writes: “un drappo o corona con cordami ricadenti sui pavoni.”

Meas.: w 28, d 9 cm.


       [Κ(ύρι)]ε Ἰ(ησο)ῦ Χ(ριστ)έ, ἐλέ-

       ησον τὸν ταπι-

(monogram) καὶ ἀν[ά]-

4     παυσον τὸν δ[οῦλόν]

       σου Θεόδου[λον]

       μετὰ τῶν ἁγί[ων].


Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on the humble (Elias?) and let your servant Theodulus rest with the saints. (CIIP)


L.3 Ἐλίας Corbo, Woodhead (SEG),  ... Ameling (CIIP),  ΕΣΑΙΑΝ (all in square letters) Di Segni.


Corbo dates the text to the 6th cent. AD.

6th cent.

Invocation of the Lord on behalf of Theodulus on a funerary stele.

Titles/epithets of patrons/dedicators: 
humble/sinner, etc.
servant of God
Personal names: 
Elias (?), Isaias (?), Theodulus
Epithets of saints: 
Epigraphical formulae: 
Lord/Christ, grant repose...
Lord/Christ, have mercy...