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The Early Coptic PapacyThe Egyptian Church and Its Leadership in Late Antiquity$
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Stephen J. Davis

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9789774248306

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774248306.001.0001

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The Succession of St. Mark

The Succession of St. Mark

Apostolic Traditions and the Origins of the Egyptian Church (Saint Mark to Demetrius)

(p.1) The Succession of St. Mark
The Early Coptic Papacy

Stephen J. Davis

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter examines the apostolic traditions and the origins of the Egyptian Church. It describes the Louvre relief of Saint Mark surrounded by thirty-five bishops who stand in a semicircular choir around him which meant to represent his immediate successors as patriarchs or popes of Alexandria. It investigates the ecclesiastical ideologies behind this artifact from the early history of the Egyptian papacy and explores the stories about Saint Mark's founding of the church in Alexandria and the discourses about apostolic succession and papal authority.

Keywords:   apostolic traditions, Egyptian Church, patriarchs, popes, Alexandria, Saint Mark, papal authority, apostolic succession

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