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Paul of Thebes

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Paul of Thebes
Saint Paul, "The First Hermit", Jusepe de Ribera, Museo del Prado (1640)
The First Hermit
Bornc. 227 AD
Diedc. 341 AD
Monastery of Saint Paul the Anchorite, Egypt
Venerated inCatholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Churches
Oriental Orthodox Churches
Anglican Communion
Major shrineMonastery of Saint Paul the Anchorite, Egypt
AttributesTwo lions, palm tree, raven

Paul of Thebes, commonly known as Paul, the First Hermit or Paul the Anchorite (Egyptian Arabic: Anba Bola; Coptic: Ⲁⲃⲃⲁ Ⲡⲁⲩⲗⲉ; c. 227 – c. 341), was an Egyptian saint. He is thought to be the first Christian hermit. He said that he lived alone in the desert of Egypt from 16 years old to 113 years old. He seen as a saint by the Catholic Church as well as the Orthodox Church.[3][4]

  1. "In Thebais, the birthday of St. Paul, the first hermit, who lived alone in the desert from the age of sixteen to the age of one hundred thirteen. ...His feast is celebrated on the 15th of this month."[1]


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  1. The Roman Martyrology. Transl. by the Archbishop of Baltimore. Last Edition, According to the Copy Printed at Rome in 1914. Revised Edition, with the Imprimatur of His Eminence Cardinal Gibbons. Baltimore: John Murphy Company, 1916. p.11.
  2. Great Synaxaristes: (in Greek) Ὁ Ὅσιος Παῦλος ὁ Θηβαῖος. 15 Ιανουαρίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  3. "St. Paul of Thebes, Church's first known hermit, honored Jan. 15".
  4. "Venerable Paul of Thebes".