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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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Epilogue: The Making of the Coptic Papacy

Epilogue: The Making of the Coptic Papacy

(p.129) Epilogue: The Making of the Coptic Papacy
The Early Coptic Papacy

Stephen J. Davis

American University in Cairo Press

This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the history and the making of the Coptic papacy in Egypt. The analysis reveals four recurrent strategies of representation that proved determinative for the cultural construction of the Coptic papacy in late antiquity. These include apostolicity, martyrdom, monastic patronage, and theological resistance. The results also indicate that during the 1st and 2nd centuries a rising class of Alexandrian bishops started to bring the teaching office of the church under their purview and later a rhetoric of solidarity with the martyrs emerged in the midst of ecclesiastical debates over the proper response to the threat of persecution and to the dilemmas raised by lapsed Christians.

Keywords:   Coptic papacy, Egypt, apostolicity, martyrdom, monastic patronage, theological resistance, Alexandrian bishops

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