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The Relationship of St. Shenoute of Atripe with his Contemporary Patriarchs of Alexandria

Gawdat Gabra and Hany N. Takla

in Christianity and Monasticism in Upper Egypt

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9789774161223
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970450 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774161223.003.0011
The Relationship of St. Shenoute of Atripe with his Contemporary Patriarchs of Alexandria

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When we speak about the relationship of St. Shenoute with the Alexandrian patriarchs, we speak indeed about a traditional relationship between Coptic monasticism and the official church of Egypt. The basis of this relationship was already established at the dawn of Coptic monasticism by the patriarch Athanasius (328–373), who recognized the important role that the monks could play on behalf of the Church. To understand the relationship between Shenoute and his patriarchs or between the monastic organization and the official church in the time of Shenoute, this chapter presents the main features of this relationship as it developed from the time when the monastic system first appeared up until the time of Shenoute.

Keywords: Shenoute; Alexandrian patriarchs; Coptic monasticism; church of Egypt

Chapter.  4929 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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