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John archbishop of Thabor (twelfth century)

Accession number BZS 1951.31.5.1726
Diameter 26 mm
Condition Corroded (obv.).
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 18.1; Laurent 5.2: no. 1573.


The Transfiguration. Christ appears between two standing figures, Moses and Elias, who face Him. At a lower level, traces of the apostles; those on either side extend their arms, while the one in the center falls down. Traces of an inscription: .|MT|. : [Ἡ] Μ(ε)τ(α[μ(όρφωσις)]. Border of dots.


Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.


Ἰω(άννης) ἐλέῳ Θ(εο)ῦ ἀρχ(ι)επίσκ[ο]πο(ς) Θα[βω]ρίου


Ἰωάννης ἐλέῳ Θεοῦ ἀρχιεπίσκοπος Θαβωρίου.

John, by the grace of God, archbishop of Thabor.


Little is known of the foundation and history of the bishopric of Mount Thabor, established on the site where according to tradition the Transfiguration had taken place: ODB 3:2004; Laurent, Corpus 5.2:404; list of prelates in Fedalto, HEO 2:1038.

Laurent proposed the reading μοναχῷ ἐπισκόπῳ but we prefer ἀρχιεπίσκοπος, as this was the true title of the prelate of Thabor; this reading was also proposed by Seibt, in BSl 35 (1974): 84.