By Stephen J. Davis
The Copts, adherents of the Egyptian Orthodox Church, this day symbolize the biggest Christian neighborhood within the heart East, and their presiding bishops were accorded the identify of pope because the 3rd century A.D. This significant new three-volume examine of the popes of Egypt covers the background of the Alexandrian patriarchate from its origins to the present-day management of Pope Shenouda III. the 1st quantity analyzes the improvement of the Egyptian papacy from its origins to the increase of Islam.
How did the papal workplace in Egypt evolve as a social and non secular establishment through the first six and a part centuries A.D.? How do the advancements within the Alexandrian patriarchate replicate greater advancements within the Egyptian church as an entire - in its buildings of authority and features of verbal exchange, in addition to in its social and non secular practices? In addressing such questions, Stephen J. Davis examines a variety of proof - letters, sermons, theological treatises, and church histories, in addition to paintings, artifacts, and archaeological is still - to find what the patriarchs did as leaders, how their management was once represented in public discourses, and the way these representations definitively formed the Egyptian Christian id in overdue antiquity.
The Early Coptic Papacy is quantity one of many Popes of Egypt: A background of the Coptic Church and Its Patriarchs, edited by means of Stephen J. Davis and Gawdat Gabra.