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The Early Coptic Papacy: The Egyptian Church and Its Leadership in Late Antiquity, The Popes of Egypt, Volume 1 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 9774248309
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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

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Stephen J. Davis is assistant professor of religious studies at Yale University.
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Product Details

  • Series: Popes of Egypt
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,912,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kenneth A. Dailey on January 12, 2005
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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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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.
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"... Specifically, I want to explore late antique Coptic Christian understandings of the incarnation, and I propose to do so from a new theoretical perspective." Stephen J. Davis, in Coptic Christology and Ritualized Dress

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.
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Most in the West have no idea that there is a Coptic Papacy (the papacy begun by Saint Mark as opposed to Saint Peter). This Egyptian papacy predates the Roman papacy. And the Coptic Papacy is unique in that a pre-requisite to becoming a Coptic Pope is monastic experience. From inception the Coptic church has valued the experience of the monk in silent prayer above the hierarchy of the clergy. This is an illuminating book!

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)
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