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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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Christianity on Philae

Christianity on Philae

(p.27) 4 Christianity on Philae
Christianity and Monasticism in Aswan and Nubia

Samuel Moawad

American University in Cairo Press

The exact beginning of Christianity on Philae is uncertain. The main source for the origin of the Diocese of Philae is the Life of Aaron, a literary Coptic source transmitted in a paper manuscript from the last quarter of the tenth century. Although the Life of Aaron is a literary and not a historical source, and therefore contains some legendary accounts, the historical events narrated in it seem to be authenticable. Most of the churches on Philae cannot be dated exactly, particularly those that were built before the sixth century.

Keywords:   Christianity, Philae, Life of Aaron, Macedonius, Mark, Bishop, Samuel Moawad

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