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EXTRACT FROM THE ACTS OF A CHIEF PRIEST

Original text:  BGU 347
Date: A.D. 171.

From the minutes of his excellency Ulpius Serenianus, chief priest. The 11th year of Aurelius Antoninus Caesar the lord, Tubi 28. At Memphis. He saluted the most illustrious praefect, and after that, as he held audience at the temple of Apis, Panephremmis son of Stotoetis also called Satahous, elder priest, brought forward his son Paiuphremmis and asked permission to circumcise him, presenting the letter written about him by Sarapion, strategos of the division of Heracleides in the Arsinoite nome, through Alexander, ex-gymnasiarch, dated Phaophi 6 of the past 10th year. Serenianus inquired of the coryphaei and sub-coryphaei and sacred scribes who were present whether the boy had any blemish. When they replied that he was without blemish, Ulpius Serenianus, chief priest and superintendent of the temples, signed the letter and ordered the boy to be circumcised according to custom. Read by me.


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