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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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Bishops, Teachers, and Martyrs

Bishops, Teachers, and Martyrs

The Shaping of Episcopal Authority in an Age of Persecution (Demetrius to Peter I)

(p.21) Two Bishops, Teachers, and Martyrs
The Early Coptic Papacy

Stephen J. Davis

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter examines the shaping of Episcopal authority in the Egyptian Church during the Age of Persecution. It focuses on the relationship between the Episcopal leadership and the church's theological school in Alexandria. It investigates the early attempts of Alexandrian bishops, from Demetrius to Peter I, to consolidate their authority and to begin to stake out the boundaries of theological orthodoxy.

Keywords:   Episcopal authority, Egyptian Church, Age of Persecution, theological school, Alexandria, bishops, Demetrius, Peter I, theological orthodoxy

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