Two Thousand Years of Coptic Christianity

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Oxford University Press, 15 ott 2010 - 352 pagine
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Christianity arrived early in Egypt, brought according to tradition by Saint Mark the Evangelist, who became the first patriarch of Alexandria. The Coptic Orthodox Church has flourished ever since, with millions of adherents both in Egypt and in Coptic communities around the world. Since its split from the Byzantine Church in 451, the Coptic Church has proudly maintained its early traditions, and influence from outside has been minimal: the liturgy is still sung to unique rhythms in Coptic, a late stage of the same ancient Egyptian language that is inscribed in hieroglyphs on temple walls and papyri. Dr. Otto Meinardus, a leading authority on the history of the Coptic Church, here revises, updates, and combines his renowned studies Christian Egypt, Ancient and Modern (The American University in Cairo Press, 1965, 1977) and Christian Egypt, Faith and Life (The American University in Cairo Press, 1970) into a new, definitive, one-volume history for the Millennium, surveying the twenty centuries of existence of one of the oldest churches in the world.
 

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Its History Traditions Theology
13
Its Churches and Monasteries
145
Tattoo and Name
289
Language Architecture and Calendar
315
The Relics of Coptic Saints
359
Bibliography
377
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Dr. Otto F. A. Meinardus is the author of The Holy Family in Egypt (The American University in Cairo Press, 1986), Monks and Monasteries of the Egyptian Deserts (The American University in Cairo Press, 1989), and numerous other publications on the history of Christianity in Egypt and the Near East.

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