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Documenting Christianity in Egypt, Sixth to Fourteenth Centuries

1st Edition

By Leslie S.B. MacCoull


350 pages

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Hardback: 9781409427889
pub: 2011-09-02

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The nineteen studies in this volume, produced over the last fifteen years, cover three areas in Christian Egypt's long and enduring history. First are eight papers dealing with record-keeping in both of the Christian Egyptian culture-carrying languages of late antiquity, Coptic and Greek, showing how these languages were used pragmatically and interactively to embody everyday transactions and messages. Then come five studies of a major sixth-century thinker and theologian, John Philoponus, who contributed greatly to the self-definition of the non-Chalcedonian Egyptian church and employed both classical philosophy and biblical exegesis to provide his fellow Miaphysites with needed intellectual tools. Finally there are six articles ranging from sixth-century philosophy, poetry, and liturgy to the cultural productions of Egyptian Christians living under Muslim rule, including how they sought to memorialize traditions and deal with internal conflict.


'This is the second volume by MacCoull to appear in the Variorum Collected Studies Series� after the one on Coptic Perspectives on Late Antiquity. The present volue covers a broader period and many more aspects than the purely Coptic. It also shows the breadth of the author’s interests and expertise.' Journal of Eastern Christian Studies

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Part I Papyri, Coptic and Greek: The Apa Apollos monastery of Pharoou (Aphrodito) and its papyrus archive,; Further notes on interrelated Greek and Coptic documents of the 6th and 7th centuries; Dated and datable Coptic documentary hands before AD 700; Why do we have Coptic documentary papyri before AD 641?; More on documentary Coptic at Aphrodito; P. Lond.Copt. I 1077: taxes in money in 7th-century Egypt; Aspects of Church finance in the 7th-century Hermopolite according to P.Lond.Copt.I 1077; The Bawit contracts: texts and translations. Part II John Philoponus: A new look at the career of John Philoponus; The monophysite angelology of John Philoponus; John Philoponus and the composite nature of Christ; John Philoponus On the Pasch (CPG 7267): the Egyptian eucharist in the 6th century and the Armenian connection; The historical context of John Philoponus' De Opificio Mundi in the culture of Byzantine-Coptic Egypt. Part III Cultural Studies: Late Antiquity and After: Uniformis Trinitas: once more the theopaschite trinitarianism of Discorus of Aphridito; The Anaximander saying in its 6th-century (CE) context; 'A dwelling place of Christ, a healing place of knowledge': the non-Chalcedonian eucharist in late antique Egypt and its setting; The prophecy of Charour; Coptic wisdom poetry: the Solomon complex redux; The rite of the jar: apostasy and reconciliation in the medieval Coptic Orthodox Church; Index.

About the Author

Leslie S.B. MacCoull, Society for Coptic Archaeology (North America)

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / Christianity / General