- Series: Popes of Egypt
- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: American University in Cairo Press; 1 edition (March 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9774248309
- ISBN-13: 978-9774248306
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.9 x 6.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
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The Early Coptic Papacy: The Egyptian Church and Its Leadership in Late Antiquity (Popes of Egypt) 1st Edition
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"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." -- Midwest Book Review
"Recommended for any collection on Eastern Christian Churches."--curled up with a good book
"Substantiates the Coptic Church as a subject in religious studies with its own history worthy of study."--Midwest Book Review
"This innovative and authoritative book goes beyond the basic facts to show how the early patriarchs of the Coptic church crafted their images and constructed their authority. Essential reading for historians of ancient Christianity and for all scholars of Coptic Egypt."--David Brakke, Ohio State University
"A lucid, meticulous, and highly accessible account of papal institutions in early Egyptian Christianity. Not only does Davis juggle an impressive collection of primary documents, with great mastery and finesse, but his approach also reveals how critical events surrounding the early papacy--from political intrigue to theological feuds--shaped Coptic understandings of Christology, martyrdom, communal leadership, and conquest. A critical read for any student of Christianity in Egypt and the Middle East."--Febe Armanios, author of Coptic Christianity in Ottoman Egypt
About the Author
Stephen J. Davis is assistant professor of religious studies at Yale University.
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History of the Coptic Church:
When the late distinguished Professor Aziz Atiya wrote his classic "The History of Eastern Christianity, 1968, with one chapter on the Copts in his book, he intended to view the Coptic Church within its original milieu, and admitted that writing a detailed history of his own people, need time and resources beyond what those raised for his 8 volumes Coptic encyclopedia, that have become a landmark.
Since then, two distinguished books were written, from the greatly admired Coptologist, late Professor Otto Meinardus, on Coptic history and life, while the second, "Christ in Christian Tradition, The Church of Alexandria With Nubia and Ethiopia" treats Coptic theology, above all Christology, by the eminent scholars Grillmeier and Hainthaler.
New Historiography perspective:
Stephen Davis, an accomplished linguist with a commanding knowledge of both Coptic and Arabic and a trained theologian who has lived and taught in Egypt and is thoroughly at home with Bible interpretation by the Alexandrian Church Fathers. Quoting Athanasius of Alexandria famous statement (On the Incarnation), "He became human in order that we might become divine" Stephen J. Davis's outstanding "Coptic Christology in Practice," not only explores how Coptic Christians have appropriated, explained, defended, and performed the Christology that they inherited from Athanasius and Cyril of Alexandria, but proves he earned the tools of a genuine perspective.
Viewing a Church through its Bishops:
In this first volume laid the grounds for the survival of the Church of the Martyrs, down to our times, in defiance with roman and Islamic discrimination. Davis study of the Coptic History, as explained by Didaskalex review utilized Coptic papacy, which was three centuries ahead of Catholic papacy to reflect on their influence on the pre Chalcedon Church established on four pillars, "apostolicity, martyrdom, monastic patronage, and theological resistance," Davis substantiates that the Coptic Church is a cornerstone subject in Church studies, worthy of revisiting and study.
Dr. Stephen Davis
Stephen Davis is A. Professor of Religious Studies; history of Christianity in late antiquity, its social and theological history from its beginnings to the seventh century. His areas of expertise includes pilgrimage and the cult of the saints, the history of biblical interpretation and canon formation, Egyptian Christianity, the Arabic Christian theological tradition, early Christian art and material culture, and the application of anthropological, sociological, and literary methods in the study of historical texts. He is author of The Cult of St. Thecla: (Oxford University Press, 2001.
The author describes the history of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate from its beginnings through to the Arab invasion. The text is well annotated and there is an extensive bibliography to assist further study. Peter Farrington, Secretary, British Orthodox Church
Two Thousand Years of Coptic Christianity
Christ in Christian Tradition: From the Council of Chalcedon (451) to Gregory the Great (590-604) : The Church of Alexandria With Nubia and Ethiopia After ... in Christian Tradition 2nd Revised Edition)
This serious approach to the history of the Coptic Church, which extends to almost nineteen centuries by Dr. Stephen J. Davis, Yale Divinity rising star. His expertise on Coptic Church history and theology starts by assigning three volumes, one for each historical period of six centuries. He reviews the Church of Alexandria from its debated origins in the great city, to the rise of Islam mid seventh century. The main thread is mostly through the its early Catechetical scholars and monastic leaders.
The author laid out the modern approach to the investigative research, on the subject.
In addressing such themes, Davis explores a wide spectrum of information in texts, letters, sermons, theological treatises, and ancient church histories, Synixarium which included the biography of saints written by Church writers. He exposed as well Coptic art, textiles, church artifacts, and conserved archaeological items, to rediscover what the Alexandrine Bishops have established, and how their thought was represented in theological discourses, that shaped Alexandrine Orthodoxy, and established Coptic tradition, beliefs, and Coptic Christian identity, before and after the advent of Islam.
His guidelines included surveys and sources, regional and geographical studies, language and education in late antiquity, Cultural contents and encounters, especially in Alexandria, with Judaism, Hellenism, Gnosticism and the influence of Egyptian religious traditions. He explores Coptic hagiography, piety, and the Cult of saints and Martyrs. He describes the influence of Egyptian monasticism, before he articulates Church leadership, biblical interpretation tradition which lead to its patristic theology, miaphysite soteriology, and the influence of Neoplatonic philosophy developed by Amon Saccha, and Origen.
Supplement reading: Two Thousand Years of Coptic Christianity
It is no coincidence that Christian monasticism flowered in the Egyptian Desert more so than anywhere else. It all started with the monastic apostle and first Coptic Pope: Saint Mark!
-Amos Smith (author of Healing The Divide: Recovering Christianity's Mystic Roots)