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The Coptic Papacy in Islamic Egypt (641–1517)The Popes of Egypt: A History of the Coptic Church and Its Patriarchs Volume 2$
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Mark N. Swanson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774160936

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774160936.001.0001

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Patient Sufferers

Patient Sufferers

Alexander II (#43,704–729)

Cosmas I(#44,729–730)

Theodore (#45,730–742)

Michael (Kha'il) I(#46,743–767)1

(p.15) Two Patient Sufferers
The Coptic Papacy in Islamic Egypt (641–1517)

Mark N. Swanson

American University in Cairo Press

Alexander explicitly claims the legacy of Athanasius and Cyril and expounds the Christology of Severan/Theodosian “orthodoxy” over “the Chalcedonian perversion”. The “misfortunes” that Patriarch Alexander saw the church was experiencing “one on top of another” were varied in nature. An apocalypse was written at the end of the seventh century, but attributed to the fourth- and fifth-century monastic leader Shenoute, “predicts” that the “children of Ishmael” will “rebuild the Temple that is in Jerusalem” after which the Antichrist will appear. Earlier Egyptian Christians had been tempted to see Islamic rule as a passing phenomenon, like that of the Persians at the beginning of the seventh century, which was no longer possible after the reign of 'Abd al-Malik.

Keywords:   legacy, misfortunes, monastic, apocalypse, Persians

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