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Two Thousand Years of Coptic Christianity

ISBN-10: 9774247574
ISBN-13: 9789774247576
Edition: 2nd 2002
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press
Publication date: 10/15/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

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 it split from the Byzantine Church in 451, the Coptic Church has maintained its early traditions, and influence from the 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, an authority on the history of the Coptic Church, has revised, updated and combined his studies, "Christian Egypt, Ancient and Modern" (AUC Press 1965 and 1977) and "Christian Egypt, Faith and Life" (AUC Press, 1970) into a new, definitive, one-volume history for the Millennium, surveying the 20 centuries of existence of one of the oldest churches in the world.

Introduction
Toward the Third Millennium
The Coptic Church: Its History, Traditions, Theology, and Structure
The Coptic Church: Its Churches and Monasteries, Ancient and Modern
Marks of Identification: Tattoo and Name
The Patriarchs of the Coptic Church and the Rulers of Egypt
Language, Architecture, and Calendar
The Relics of Coptic Saints
Bibliography
Index

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