The Early Coptic Papacy
The Egyptian Church and Its Leadership in Late Antiquity
By (author) Stephen J. Davis
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Early Coptic Papacy by Stephen J. Davis
Book DescriptionThe Copts, adherents of the Egyptian Orthodox Church, today represent the largest Christian community in the Middle East, and their presiding bishops have been accorded the title of pope since the third century AD. This major new three-volume study of the popes of Egypt covers the history of the Alexandrian patriarchate from its origins to the present-day leadership of Pope Shenouda III. The first volume analyzes the development of the Egyptian papacy from its origins to the rise of Islam. How did the papal office in Egypt evolve as a social and religious institution during the first six and a half centuries AD? How do the developments in the Alexandrian patriarchate reflect larger developments in the Egyptian church as a whole - in its structures of authority and lines of communication, as well as in its social and religious practices? In addressing such questions, Stephen J. Davis examines a wide range of evidence - letters, sermons, theological treatises, and church histories, as well as art, artifacts, and archaeological remains - to discover what the patriarchs did as leaders, how their leadership was represented in public discourses, and how those representations definitively shaped Egyptian Christian identity in late antiquity.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9789774248306
(238mm x 162mm x 15mm)
Imprint: The American University in Cairo Press
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
Publish Date: 30-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: Egypt
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A pioneering study of ancient and medieval Christology. Employing a range of interdisciplinary methods, Stephen J. Davis shows how Christian identity in Egypt was shaped by a set of replicable 'christological practices'. He thus enables readers to trace the Coptic church's theological and cultural transition from late antiquity to Dar al-Islam.
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Author Biography - Stephen J. Davis
Stephen J. Davis is assistant professor of religious studies at Yale University.
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