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Christianity and Monasticism in Wadi al-NatrunEssays from the 2002 International Symposium of the Saint Mark Foundation and the Saint Shenouda the Archimandrite Coptic Society$
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Maged S.A. Mikhail and Mark Moussa

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162602

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162602.001.0001

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Wadi al-Natrun and Coptic Literature

Wadi al-Natrun and Coptic Literature

(p.43) Wadi al-Natrun and Coptic Literature
Christianity and Monasticism in Wadi al-Natrun

Maged S.A. Mikhail

Mark Moussa

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter reports the literary works found in the ancient libraries of Wadi al-Natrun, as well as the scholarly works and studies being done on them. In particular, it provides a brief overview of Coptic literature and the current status of research in this field of study. It also mentions that the connection between literature and monasticism goes back to the very beginning of the Coptic period. It specifically gives an overview of the history and importance of Wadi al-Natrun. It then offers a summary of interesting points and presents examples for the several problems that Coptology is dealing with. In general, it is hoped that this chapter shows that the old manuscripts of the Wadi al-Natrun, which transmit a history of nearly 1,000 years, hand over to the readers the responsibility for large parts of the heritage of Coptic literature.

Keywords:   Wadi al-Natrun, Coptic literature, Coptology, ancient libraries, monasticism, Coptic period, manuscripts

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