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Christianity and Monasticism in Middle Egypt$
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Gawdat Gabra and Hany Takla

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9789774166631

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774166631.001.0001

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Anba Isaac, Bishop of the Fayoum, al-Bahnasa, and Giza, 1834–81

Anba Isaac, Bishop of the Fayoum, al-Bahnasa, and Giza, 1834–81

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(p.69) 7 Anba Isaac, Bishop of the Fayoum, al-Bahnasa, and Giza, 1834–81
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Christianity and Monasticism in Middle Egypt
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Bishop Martyros

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774166631.003.0007

This chapter examines the sources related to Anba Isaac, the bishop of the Fayoum, who holds a unique place in the history of the Coptic Church during the mid-nineteenth century. This standing is due in part to his massive diocese, which included three Egyptian governorates: Giza, the Fayoum, and Beni Suef. It is also recognition for his achievements in both ecclesiastical life and the monastic life in Wadi al-Natrun during his time as bishop of a diocese, which lasted for almost forty-seven years. The following are some of the bishop's known achievements: in 1856 he built the first church, which had the name of the Holy Virgin, in the town of Beni Suef; in 1862 he built a church in the name of the Holy Virgin in the village of Atris, which was affiliated with the province of Awssim, Giza governorate; he played a major role in bringing about the enthronement of the monk Youhanna the Scribe as patriarch of the See of St. Mark under the name Cyril V in 1874.

Keywords:   Anba Isaac, bishops, Fayoum, Coptic Church

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