Epilogue: The Making of the Coptic Papacy

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:
Epilogue: The Making of the Coptic Papacy

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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

Chapter.  1175 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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