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Christianity and Monasticism in Aswan and Nubia$
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Gawdat Gabra and Hany Takla

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789774165610

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774165610.001.0001

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Imagining Macedonius, the First Bishop of Philae

Imagining Macedonius, the First Bishop of Philae

(p.9) 2 Imagining Macedonius, the First Bishop of Philae
Christianity and Monasticism in Aswan and Nubia

James E. Goehring

American University in Cairo Press

The author looks at Macedonius, the monastic bishop, who travels to the island of Philae and discovers that the local Christians suffer under the island's dominant pagan population. This chapter addresses the Orthodox Christian's miraculous healing powers and the implication of the falcon cult established when Macedonius offered a sacrifice by chopping off the head of the bird. It analyses the Christian landscape as described in the manuscript Life of Aaron.

Keywords:   Madedonius, First bishop of Philae, Life of Aaron, falcon cult, Christianity, Copt, James E. Goehring

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