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Christianity and Monasticism in the Fayoum OasisEssays from the 2004 International Symposium of the Saint Mark Foundation and the Saint Shenouda the Archimandrite Coptic Society in Honor of Martin Krause$
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Gawdat Gabra

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9789774248924

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774248924.001.0001

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The Coptic Manichaean Library from Madinat Madi in the Fayoum

The Coptic Manichaean Library from Madinat Madi in the Fayoum

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Christianity and Monasticism in the Fayoum Oasis

Gawdat Gabra

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter examines the Coptic Manichaean library discovered at the Madinat Madi site in the Fayoum Oasis in Egypt. Manichaeism was a dualistic religion founded in Mesopotamia in the third century AD by Mani or Manichaios. He used missionary work to convince the whole world of his knowledge. This chapter explains the contents of the seven codices found in Fayoum and compares its meanings with the doctrines of other religions.

Keywords:   Manichaeism, Coptic literature, religious literature, Madinat Madi, Fayoum Oasis, Egypt, Mani

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