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The Early Coptic Papacy: The Egyptian Church and Its Leadership in Late Antiquity (Popes of Egypt) [Hardcover]

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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 A.D. 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 A.D.? 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 the Egyptian Christian identity in late antiquity.

The Early Coptic Papacy is volume one of The Popes of Egypt: A History of the Coptic Church and Its Patriarchs, edited by Stephen J. Davis and Gawdat Gabra.

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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Pages   251
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   1.45 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 4, 2005
Publisher   American University in Cairo Press
ISBN  9774248309  
ISBN13  9789774248306  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Stephen J. Davis is assistant professor of religious studies at Yale University.

Stephen J. Davis currently resides in Princeton New Haven. Stephen J. Davis has an academic affiliation as follows - Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo.

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Good, but not definitive  Jan 5, 2008
I enjoyed reading this book to gain a perspective as to how outside academic circles view the Coptic Orthodox Church, but after finishing it, I must disagree with several of its premises. I believe the author took some liberties in inferences, especially when discussing Saint Mark's founding of the Coptic Church in Egypt and the Coptic papacy under persecution. I would read this book with a critical eye, remembering at all times that the author has his own view of things, which, of course, is perfectly okay, but not definitive when studying this ancient church.
Egyptian Coptic Church as a historical and religious subject  Jan 26, 2005
The history by an assistant professor of religious studies at Yale follows the Coptic Church from its origins to the coming of Islam about the seventh century mostly through the men heading it. Volumes Two and Three of this series by other authors deal with different stages of this Egyptian Christian Church. This first clearly definable period of this volume laid the grounds for the survival of the Coptic Church down to today even though with the coming of Islam, it was marginalized and its members often discriminated against. In many ways, the study of the Coptic papacy resembles the study of the Catholic papacy and the first years of the Catholic Church. There were similar decisions important in establishing the Coptic Church; the personalities of the early Coptic popes were especially important in creating the internal nature and public image of the Church; and there were theological controversies over basic doctrines and beliefs. "Apostolicity, martyrdom, monastic patronage, and theological resistance" are the four major themes during this formative period for the Coptic Church. "The Early Coptic Papacy" along with the companion volumes substantiates the Coptic Church as a subject in religious studies with its own history worthy of study.
Well done  Jan 12, 2005
Mr. Davis's book fills in a much needed study of early Egyptian Christian leadership and theological disputes. What he does an excellent job in is not only informating the reader about the various popes and patriarchs, but he is also able to explain the theological disputes, such as the arguments regarding the nature of Christ, in terms that anyone can understand. I found the book interesting and easy to read, as well as well-researched.

What I would have liked to have more of would have been less of a stress on the issue of colonialism and even nationalism that crept into the book on occasion. I found this discussion speculative and distracting. Although this may sound silly, I would have liked a few more plates in there regarding early Coptic art and architecture. These allow the reader to have a stronger connection to the places and people being discussed.

Thank you for an interesting book and I am looking forward to the next book of the series.

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