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Christianity and Monasticism in Northern EgyptBeni Suef, Giza, Cairo, and the Nile Delta$
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Gawdat Gabra and Hany N. Takla

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9789774167775

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774167775.001.0001

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John of Barullos (540–615)

John of Barullos (540–615)

(p.1) 1 John of Barullos (540–615)
Christianity and Monasticism in Northern Egypt

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There are many notable leaders in the annals of Coptic history whose names are well known. John of Barullos, however, is not one of them. The Synaxarium entry for 19 Kiyahk mentions only that John was the bishop of Barullos, and author of some articles. This chapter examines the history of John of Barullos (sixth–seventh century) and the writings attributed to him. John was one of the most significant Coptic theologians of his time. He used all available means to root out various heresies—delivering homilies, writing articles, or visiting monasteries to burn the heretical books he found there. He even journeyed abroad to Syria for about four months to resolve the dogmatic controversy between Pope Damian of Alexandria (570–607) and Peter of Callinicum (also known as Peter III of Raqqa [Taylor 2006: 15n1], or Petrus of Antioch).

Keywords:   John of Barullos, Christianity, monasticism, Coptic history, theologians, heresies

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