JIRJIS MAKRAMALLAH AL-BAHNASAWI, eighteenth-century deacon known from two Arabic manuscripts of the Coptic Patriarchate, Cairo (Bible 140 and Theology 295). He came from al-Bahnasa. It is possible that he was the son of MAKRAMALLAH, who lived in Cairo as a priest in 1724 and was HEGUMENOS in 1737. The dates and locales of the two men correspond very well, and the name Makramallah is infrequently found in Arabic.
On 22 Abib A.M. 1459/16 July A.D. 1743 he finished copying a manuscript (Theology 295) of 196 sheets (19 x 14 cm), containing various collections of canonical consultation found in the patriarchal residence and written by the ninety-first, ninety-fourth, and ninety fifth patriarchs, GABRIEL VI al-‘Arabawi (1466-1474), JOHN XIII ibn al-Misri (1484-1524), and GABRIEL VII (1525-1568). This collection was also copied in the eighteenth century by an anonymous copyist (Coptic Patriarchate, Cairo, Theology 294). Folios 122a-96a contain three canonical works, including an anonymous Spiritual Medicine (Tibb Ruhani). The manuscript Jirjis copied was bequeathed to the patriarchal library by the patriarch JOHN XVIII (1769-1796).
In November 1752, Jirjis Makramallah began copying a folio manuscript (42 28 cm) of 372 sheets containing the four Gospels in two columns, Bohairic and Arabic (Bible 140). He completed his work on 14 Abib 1469/8 July 1753. This manuscript was bequeathed to the church of the priest Abkaluj (or perhaps Apa Jluj), which is at al-Fant. This was probably a church in the region of al-Bahnasa, since we find another manuscript of the Coptic Patriarchate (Bible 146), copied in 1753/1754, that was bequeathed to this same church by the bishop of al-Bahnasa. The manuscript of Jirjis Makramallah is at present at the Coptic Patriarchate..
KHALIL SAMIR, S.J.
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