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Biblical Interpretation and Alexandrian Episcopal Authority in the Early Christian Fayoum

Gawdat Gabra

in Christianity and Monasticism in the Fayoum Oasis

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9789774248924
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970443 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774248924.003.0005
Biblical Interpretation and Alexandrian Episcopal Authority in the Early Christian Fayoum

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This chapter examines Alexandrian Episcopal authority and biblical interpretation in the early Christian period in the Fayoum Oasis in Egypt. It investigates how allegory was used to reinforce structures of ecclesiastical authority in a specific geographical and cultural context. It attempts to describe local exegetical practices in the region based on evidence from the fifth-century letter by Cyril of Alexandria written to a bishop named Calosirius and On Promises, a third-century treatise against millennarianist belief by Dionysius of Alexandria.

Keywords: episcopal authority; biblical interpretation; early Christianity; Fayoum Oasis; Egypt; allegory; ecclesiastical authority; Cyril of Alexandria; On Promises; Dionysius of Alexandria

Chapter.  6707 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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