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Christianity and Monasticism in Northern EgyptBeni Suef, Giza, Cairo, and the Nile Delta$
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Gawdat Gabra and Hany N. Takla

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9789774167775

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774167775.001.0001

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Yuhanna al-Samannudi, the Founder of National Coptic Philology in the Middle Ages

Yuhanna al-Samannudi, the Founder of National Coptic Philology in the Middle Ages

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(p.139) 14 Yuhanna al-Samannudi, the Founder of National Coptic Philology in the Middle Ages
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Christianity and Monasticism in Northern Egypt
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Adel Sidarus

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774167775.003.0014

This chapter examines Yuhanna al-Samannudi's pioneering contribution to Coptic philology, which documented the fundamentals of the Coptic language to preserve it for generations to come. Nothing definite is known about this bishop of Samannud before his consecration by Patriarch Kyrillos III Ibn Laqlaq on June 29, 1235, at St. Mercurius/Abu Sayfayn Church in Old Cairo. Considering the crystallized form “Yuhanna al-Samannudi”—or simply “al-Samannudi”—which prevailed among his contemporary and coreligionist writers and philologists, it may be assumed he had published his grammar known as al-Muqaddima al-samannudiya, together with his Sullam kana'si, sometimes named al-Sullam al-samannudi, before his consecration as bishop.

Keywords:   Christianity, monasticism, bishop, Samannud, Coptic philology, Coptic language, Yuhanna al-Samannudi

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