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The Vision Of Theophilus

Author : Fatin Morris Guirguis
ISBN : OCLC:680277216
Genre : Copts
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This study is a literary and ethnographic examination of The Vision of Theophilus, a fourth century Coptic narrative, as influential counter-narrative and source of counterdiscourse against the narrative created by the historically dominant Egyptian Arab Muslim state. It shows that The Vision has provided the Copts with the means to articulate their identity as different from their oppressors through its function as a repository of Coptic ideology, history and knowledge. Specifically, it has helped them resist the erosion of those aspects of their cultural identity targeted by colonial practices through its promotion of the Coptic language, pride in Coptic history, and Christianization of the landscape. This study also suggests that The Vision tradition has helped alleviate the conditions of material and economic oppression of Copts. Drawing upon theories of Foucauldian genealogy and postcolonialism, my research examines the development of Coptic identity and subjectivity in relation to assimilation practices. Using oral studies and ethnopoetics, this study traces the process of composition, transmission, stabilization and systemization of The Vision over sixteen hundred years and its dispersion over a wide geographic region from Egypt to Ethiopia, Syria, and the US. My research suggests that the resilience and effectiveness of The Vision as oral tradition lies in the stability of its core message and its ability to absorb and adapt peripheral changes to the needs of each given historical period. Close analysis of this core message as gleaned through comparative manuscript study also supports important revisions to its datation, and enables us to claim its Coptic authenticity. Previously, the only academic scholarly work concerning The Vision centered on its diffused Syrian and Ethiopian variants while its Coptic manuscript history remained largely unknown. This study, which emphasizes the specifically Coptic origins, history and significance of The Vision of Theophilus, therefore fills a vital scholarly gap: Locating cultural resistance and agency in orality, this study shows how The Vision has historically acted (and still acts today) as a repository of Coptic history and culture enabling Copts to articulate a separate identity over long periods of time, and amidst a wide range of historical and socio-economic factors.
Category: Copts

Coptic Christology In Practice

Author : Stephen J. Davis
ISBN : 9780199258628
Genre : Art
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A pioneering study of ancient and medieval Christology. Employing a range of interdisciplinary methods, Stephen J. Davis shows how Christian identity in Egypt was shaped by a set of replicable 'christological practices'. He thus enables readers to trace the Coptic church's theological and cultural transition from late antiquity to Dar al-Islam.
Category: Art

Fleeing Herod

Author : James Cowan
ISBN : 9781612613376
Genre : Religion
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When the Holy Family fled to Egypt to escape the wrath of King Herod Antipas, they journeyed for three years throughout Egypt, mainly along the Nile, to keep Herod’s agents at bay. Using an ancient 4th century text written by Patriarch Theophilus of Alexandria as his guide, Cowan takes the reader on a fascinating journey through modern-day Egypt in the footsteps of the Holy Family, about the Delta region and up the Nile to a place called Mount Qussqam, where Mary, Joseph, and the infant Jesus resided for six months. The itinerary, according to Coptic tradition, was revealed to Theophilus in a dream. Documenting his journey, Cowan finds himself in the midst of a spiritual revolution going on in Egypt itself. He meets with monks and health workers, desert mystics and visionaries, all of whom have a stake in the story of the Holy Family’s journey, as they know it. Through their eyes the reader is drawn into a dramatic story of escape and miraculous interventions.
Category: Religion

The Acts Of The Apostles

Author : P.D. James
ISBN : 9780857861078
Genre : Bibles
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Acts is the sequel to Luke's gospel and tells the story of Jesus's followers during the 30 years after his death. It describes how the 12 apostles, formerly Jesus's disciples, spread the message of Christianity throughout the Mediterranean against a background of persecution. With an introduction by P.D. James
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The Holy Family In Egypt

Author : Otto Friedrich August Meinardus
ISBN : 9774241290
Genre : Religion
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This book, first published in 1963, is the classica ccount of the traditions surrounding the flight of the Holy Family into and through Egypt. It has been compiles from both Eastern and Western sources, including bothe Muslim and Christian traditions, written and oral. The author has included an attempted reconstruction of the route taken by the Holy Family and retells the stories of their encounters along the way.
Category: Religion

Theophilus Of Alexandria And The First Origenist Controversy

Author : Krastu Banev
ISBN : 9780198727545
Genre : Religion
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In the age of the Theodosian dynasty and the establishment of Christianity as the only legitimate religion of the Roman Empire, few figures are more pivotal in the power politics of the Christian church than archbishop Theophilus of Alexandria (385-412). This work offers a contextualized literary-historical approach in offering new insights into the life and reputation of this remarkable figure. Examing the Festal Letters of Theophilus, Kratsu Banevidentifies the importance of classical rhetorical theory as a methodological tool for the interpretation of relevant historical data. Divided into four parts, Banev begins by introducing thebackground and highlighting that prior to Theophilus' coming to the historical scene the legacy of Origen had already become a prize topic for debate. He explains that the wide circulation and overt rhetorical composition of Theophilus' anti-Origenist letters allow for a new reading of these documents as a form of 'mass-media' unique for its time. He proves that the eventual acceptance of the condemnation of Origen should be related to the success with which the patriarch had managed to meetthe expectations of his audience, and especially of the monks who in this case formed such an important majority.
Category: Religion

Jesus In Egypt

Author : Paul Perry
ISBN : 9780307415738
Genre : Religion
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The Bible contains but a few verses about the years the Holy Family spent in Egypt–their flight from Herod’s death sentence, the weary journey, their return to Israel after Herod died. But what exactly happened to Jesus and His parents in this ancient land of magic and myth? How did the sojourn in Egypt change Jesus’s life and influence His teachings? In search of answers, bestselling author Paul Perry set out to follow the Holy Family’s mysterious journey himself. In this fascinating book, Perry tells the story of his own amazing trek into Egypt–and the deeper story of the miracles and marvels he uncovered along the way. Poring over the narratives of the apocrypha, Perry was able to draw a rough map of the Holy Family’s route through Egypt–from their entrance across the burning sands of the Sinai Desert to their zigzagging path down to the Nile. With devout guides and temperamental transportation, he ventured to find the places where Jesus had slept, suffered, performed miracles, and engaged in innocent acts of mischief. Near Bubastis, he came upon an enormous field of fallen idols that–legend says–the infant Jesus had toppled and broken. At Belbeis, Perry almost started a riot when he questioned an Egyptian girl about the site of a tree that Jesus and Mary had rested under. In Abu Hinnis, he found fourth-century paintings of Jesus coming to Egypt on the wall of a hermit cave. Near the spot where an angel was said to have appeared to Joseph, he photographed an apparition of light, a photo that has now been declared a “spiritual message from the Lord” by an Egyptian bishop. Part travel adventure, part spiritual journey, part historical detective story, Jesus in Egypt recounts a modern-day pilgrimage into an ancient and often baffling land. In the basements of Coptic churches and the teeming back streets of Cairo, in shrines thronged by worshipers and desert wastes haunted by saints, Perry turned up shards of the past, tales passed down through countless generations, and ghostly emanations of antiquity. This extraordinary book unfolds a chapter in the life of Jesus that has been shrouded in mystery and misunderstanding for two millennia. Combining ancient texts, interviews with clerics and Christian scholars, and his own startling encounters with contemporary Egypt, Paul Perry has fashioned a book of wonders and revelations. From the Hardcover edition.
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The Ante Nicene Fathers

Author : Alexander Roberts
ISBN : 9781602064713
Genre : Religion
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"One of the first great events in Christian history was the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD, convened to organize Christian sects and beliefs into a unified doctrine. The great Christian clergymen who wrote before this famous event are referred to as the Ante-Nicenes and the Apostolic Fathers, and their writings are collected here in a ten-volume set. The Ante-Nicenes lived so close to the time of Christ that their interpretations of the New Testament are considered more authentic than modern voices. But they are also real and flawed men, who are more like their fellow Christians than they are like the Apostles, making their words echo in the ears of spiritual seekers. In Volume II of the 10-volume collected works of the Ante-Nicenes first published between 1885 and 1896, readers will find the writings of: the Pastor of Hermas, author of a popular book in the Ante-Nicene era Tatian, a second-century theologian Theophilus, a Christian convert and early apologist Athenagoras, a Christian convert and accomplished philosopher and Clement of Alexandria, who wrote Protrepticus, Paedagogus, and Stromata."
Category: Religion