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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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The Traditions of the Holy Family and the Development of Christianity in the Nile Delta

The Traditions of the Holy Family and the Development of Christianity in the Nile Delta

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(p.83) 9 The Traditions of the Holy Family and the Development of Christianity in the Nile Delta
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Christianity and Monasticism in Northern Egypt
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Ashraf Alexandre Sadek

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774167775.003.0009

After traveling through the Sinai, the Holy Family, according to tradition, walked from east to west through the Nile Delta. The various written and oral traditions mention eight place names associated with this journey in the Delta: Tell Basta, Musturud/Mahamma, Bilbeis, Daqadus, Samannud, Burullus (St. Damiana), Sakha (Bikha Issous), and Wadi al-Natrun. This chapter examines whether the memory of the coming of the Holy Family has had an impact on the development of Christian life in the Nile Delta. To this end, it draws for each site a parallel between the traditions of the Holy Family and the history of Christian communities on this site; this should enable us to measure, to some extent, the impact of the Holy Family traditions on the history of the Christian Church in the Nile Delta.

Keywords:   Christianity, monasticism, Holy Family, Egypt, Nile Delta

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