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Two Thousand Years of Coptic Christianity 1st Edition

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About the Author


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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press; 1 edition (October 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9774247574
  • ISBN-13: 978-9774247576
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.9 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,124,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This fine new compendium of Coptic history and life, from the greatly admired scholar Professor Otto Meinardus, will immediately take its place as the one essential Coptic Orthodox desktop reference book in English." Dr. J. Watson, Coptic Church Review, vol. 21, no. 2, summer 2000
Coptic Christianity:
In the second century Christianity began to spread to the rural areas, from Alexandria. The Gospel translations into Sahidic, and Buhairic Coptic, the major two local dialects, enhanced the spread of Christianity in mainland Egypt. The monastic desert movement, started in the 3rd century, during Roman persecutions, by St. Anthony in the North and St. Pachomius in upper Egypt in early 4th century, that was carried by John Cassian to the Gaul, from where monasticism spread throughout the Christian world.
The Church of Alexandria, known later as the Coptic (Egyptian) Church lead the Christians and defended Orthodoxy in theological dispute about the nature of Christ in the 4th & 5th centuries. Coptic Christians, lay and monastic, were joined by miaphysite Syrians against the decisions of the council of Chalcedon.
Author, Otto Meinardus:
Professor Meinardus is a well known member of the German Archaeological Society, and a Coptic expert. He spent over forty years in Egypt, taught at the American University in Cairo, and wrote more than ten books on various Coptic issues (hard and software). The Coptic Church Review, American Patristic Quarterly introduced him as; "The Revd. Dr. Otto Meinardus, who has contributed frequently to this journal, is an internationally known Coptologist who has written extensively on the Coptic and Oriental Churches.
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As the other reviewers said, this is absolutely a foundational compendium, worth much for its charts and appendices, alone, and for the fact that it's rather up to date (originally published in '99 and updated in '02).

A word of warning -- the binding is very poorly done on this trade paperback and every page falls out as you turn it, so the book will have to be rebound, probably spiral, for the repeated reference use that it will get.
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This book is very good if you're looking for a collection of information about particular churches, where they are, who leads them and what goes on at each locale. It is not so much a story as a compilation of details; it's been called an encyclopedia, and I agree with that assessment. So, I think it would appeal more to someone looking for a reference guide than a biographical account. There are other books by this author which fit that description. This may not be the first book by Meniardus I'd put on my shelf, but it's still worth reading.
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Dr. Otto Meinadrdus is very meticulous in his research of the Coptic church and this is one of several books he wrote on Coptic Christianity. Here he is focusing on the current situation and structure of the Coptic church and how it arrived at this point from a historical perspective. however, do not expect to find a detailed chronological retelling of all events, even though he addresses the journey of the Holy Family to Egypt in the best detail I could find in any source. Nobody else have been able to explain the current structure of Coptic Christianity and it development like this. this book goes hand in hand with the author's book on Coptic heritage and real estate in the Holy Land which nobody else could even touch Like this author did.
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This book, though small in size, is enormous in the breadth of information on the Coptic Orthodox Church it offers. I would not recommend this book as a final step in anyone's journey to knowledge of the ancient Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt, but it is an excellent beginning or median reference work that is sure to fill in missing gaps and tie concepts together. I do, however, agree with those who fault the binding for being weak; if you use this book frequently, prepare to have it rebound.
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For most Christians, they are aware of the Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and various other Christian denominations. So few are aware of the Oriental Orthodox Churches, of which the Coptic Church is the largest or second largest. If you follow current evens, you might know if it from the reporting going on in Egypt as the Coptic Church is from Egypt. Great resource for learning more about this ancient liturgically based tradition.
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This is a must read for all Christians regardless of the Church they attend. I could not put it down.
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