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The Succession of St. Mark

Stephen J. Davis

in The Early Coptic Papacy

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9789774248306
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970436 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774248306.003.0001
The Succession of St. Mark

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This chapter examines the apostolic traditions and the origins of the Egyptian Church. It describes the Louvre relief of Saint Mark surrounded by thirty-five bishops who stand in a semicircular choir around him which meant to represent his immediate successors as patriarchs or popes of Alexandria. It investigates the ecclesiastical ideologies behind this artifact from the early history of the Egyptian papacy and explores the stories about Saint Mark's founding of the church in Alexandria and the discourses about apostolic succession and papal authority.

Keywords: apostolic traditions; Egyptian Church; patriarchs; popes; Alexandria; Saint Mark; papal authority; apostolic succession

Chapter.  8207 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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