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The 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 Details

ISBN: 9789774248306
ISBN-10: 9774248309
Format: Hardback
(238mm x 162mm x 15mm)
Pages: 224
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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Author Biography - Stephen J. Davis

Stephen J. Davis is professor of religious studies, history, and Near Eastern languages and civilizations at Yale University, specializing in late ancient and medieval Christianity. He is the author of several books, including Coptic Christology in Practice and Christ Child: Cultural Memories of a Young Jesus, and executive director of the Yale Monastic Archaeology Project (YMAP), which has sponsored archaeological and archival work at several monastic sites in both Lower and Upper Egypt.

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