Chenoboskion ( Coptic : Sénesêt) is the name of a settlement within Ancient Egypt, located at the place today known as al-Qasr which sits within the Dakhla Oasis. The settlement is known today more commonly as Nag Hammadi, although also known as Sheneset-Chenoboskion.
Location of the ancient town
Najʿ Ḥammādī on or near the site of the ancient town Chenoboskion.
|“||At Ḵasr e' Syád, or “the sportsman's mansion,”
on the opposite bank,are the mounds of the ancient Chênoboscion...
Sources of writing on the subject of the important manuscripts located in 1945, cite the writings as the Nag Hammadi manuscripts. Accounts of the findings state that manuscripts were either found at Nag Hammadi or "at Chenoboskion near Nag Hammadi", although the definite choice by the scholars responsible seems largely to be that they are to be known by the former rather than the latter. If explanation is needed then, the choice of title is perhaps a matter of convention supported by the principal members of those responsible for the initial tasks presented by the findings, rather than a definite corresponding choice made necessary by a strictly defined event known to have occurred at a strictly defined location. Other texts show that the manuscripts were located at a place not within the boundaries of Nag Hammadi Sources stating Chenoboskion are referenced, the Theosophist Magazine the text by Jean Doresse and others (not comprehensively referenced). Allogenes Supreme, a Gnostic work, is stated as having been discovered at Chenoboskion in 1946.
A monastery founded
It is the place where the person known as St.Pachomius was converted to Christianity in the 4th century A.D. Pachomius retreated at this place,having ceased to belong in military activities sometime about 310-315 perhaps (the figure given approximately 314), did convert to Christianity whilst dwelling in the desert There is a monastery located at Chenoboskion that is dedicated to St Pachomius, first built during ancient times.
Settlements in the desert
People moved to the region to be near Saint Anthony the Great. A monastic community formed around the saint for the purpose of spiritual guidance, beginning in Pispir and from there moving eastward. The mountainous area east of Pispir is the place of the present Monastery of Saint Anthony. The settlement of Chenoboskion created from this eastward movement began in the Thebaid.
|“||The only remains of masonry consist of a dilapidated quay, amidst whose ruins is a stone bearing a Greek inscription, apparently of the time of Antoninus Pius; from which we learn that the individual, by whose order it was sculptured, had executed some work "at his own expense;" ...||”|
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