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The Early Coptic Papacy
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The Early Coptic Papacy: The Egyptian Church and Its Leadership in Late Antiquity

Stephen J. Davis

Abstract

The Copts, adherents of the Egyptian Orthodox Church, today represent the largest Christian community in the Middle East, and their presiding bishops have been accorded the title of pope since the 3rd century ad. This three-volume study of the popes of Egypt covers the history of the Alexandrian patriarchate from its origins to the present-day leadership of Pope Shenouda III. The first volume analyzes the development of the Egyptian papacy from its origins to the rise of Islam. How did the papal office in Egypt evolve as a social and religious institution during the first six and a half centur ... More

Keywords: Copts, Christian community, Middle East, bishops, Egyptian papacy, Shenouda III, Alexandrian patriarchate, Islam, papal office, Egyptian church

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9789774248306
Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774248306.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen J. Davis, author