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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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A Foreshadowing of the Desert Spirituality in Ancient Nubia and Upper Egypt

A Foreshadowing of the Desert Spirituality in Ancient Nubia and Upper Egypt

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(p.55) 7 A Foreshadowing of the Desert Spirituality in Ancient Nubia and Upper Egypt
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Christianity and Monasticism in Aswan and Nubia
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Ashraf Alexandre Sadek

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774165610.003.0007

This chapter looks at what the ancient Egyptians’ relation was with the desert and how this link, associated with the biblical idea of the desert, may have prepared the birth of the Christian ‘desert spirituality’ that developed in the monastic movement. The identification of the desert with the mountain is an essential aspect for understanding desert spirituality. It is the place of the elevation of the soul and of meeting with God.

Keywords:   Desert Spirituality, Ancient Nubia, Christianity, Ashraf Alexandre Sadek

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