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Two Thousand Years of Coptic Christianity$
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Otto F. A. Meinardus

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774247576

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774247576.001.0001

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The Coptic Church: Its History, Traditions, Theology, and Structure

The Coptic Church: Its History, Traditions, Theology, and Structure

(p.13) 2 The Coptic Church: Its History, Traditions, Theology, and Structure
Two Thousand Years of Coptic Christianity

Otto F.A. Meinardus

American University in Cairo Press

According to the Gospel of Saint Matthew, the holy family, fleeing from the wrath of Herod the Great, sought refuge in Egypt, where, according to local tradition, they stayed for a period of three years, until Herod's death in 4 BC. Many Copts believe that even prior to the beginning of the public ministry of Jesus Christ, Egyptians accepted the Divine Child as Lord over their lives. In fact, a wealth of stories and legends has been transmitted about the wondrous works wrought by the Christ child in the Delta and the Valley of the Nile. This chapter arrives at the date of 7 BC. for the birth of Christ, which was the very period when Quirinius first held office in Syria. It describes the journey of the holy family from Bethlehem to the Nile Delta and their return to Palestine.

Keywords:   Saint Matthew, Egypt, Jesus Christ, Nile, Quirinius

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