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Christianity and Monasticism in Upper EgyptVolume 1: Akhmim and Sohag$
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Gawdat Gabra and Hany N. Takla

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789774161223

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774161223.001.0001

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The Relationship of St. Shenoute of Atripe with his Contemporary Patriarchs of Alexandria

The Relationship of St. Shenoute of Atripe with his Contemporary Patriarchs of Alexandria

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(p.107) 11 The Relationship of St. Shenoute of Atripe with his Contemporary Patriarchs of Alexandria
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Christianity and Monasticism in Upper Egypt
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Gawdat Gabra

Hany N. Takla

Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774161223.003.0011

When we speak about the relationship of St. Shenoute with the Alexandrian patriarchs, we speak indeed about a traditional relationship between Coptic monasticism and the official church of Egypt. The basis of this relationship was already established at the dawn of Coptic monasticism by the patriarch Athanasius (328–373), who recognized the important role that the monks could play on behalf of the Church. To understand the relationship between Shenoute and his patriarchs or between the monastic organization and the official church in the time of Shenoute, this chapter presents the main features of this relationship as it developed from the time when the monastic system first appeared up until the time of Shenoute.

Keywords:   Shenoute, Alexandrian patriarchs, Coptic monasticism, church of Egypt

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