Early Egyptian Christianity: From Its Origins to 451 CE by C. Wilfred Griggs

By C. Wilfred Griggs

During this well-documented and transparent research, the background of Christianity in Egypt is mentioned. It severely and attractively specializes in early Egyptian Christianity, from its earliest recorded origins to the Council of Chalcedon in 451 CE. That used to be the instant, after the separation from the Catholic college, while the Egyptian Coptic Church grew to become the nationwide faith. in this interval, we realize the advance of gains targeted to Egyptian Christianity, comparable to the imposition of Catholic ecclesiasticism in Alexandria and southward, and the presence of forces that may bring about the institution of a countrywide faith. This examine will vastly give a contribution to an elevated realizing of early Egyptian Christian background and the style within which that faith used to be dispersed in different international locations. It additionally provides to the certainty of the final heritage of early Christianity.

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108-122. 33 M. Cumont. '· R~vu,df /'hiltoindn r,llgionJ 91 (1925). pp. 3-6. 39 See Bell, Ewunus. up. , p. 189. The recently,discovered Dead Sea Scroll~ and much Pseudepigraphic literature recovered during the past century are replete ""ith references to an expected Messiah. g. I Enoch, Iff Baruch. JTlnIIJ of Iitt T >«IVt PatnarchJ) contain such specific references to the messianic age that scholars generally argue for Christian interpolations and editing of those texts. <0 Acts 11 :26-28. 01 Bell.

Funhcr complicating the origin of these early Christian sources are some statements of Clement of Alexandria in his work, Slromaleu. too

Origin. On nomilUl U1Cra in The Old Testament, s« Roberts. • ~ op. • pp, 60-61. 1. VIII, 921, a fragment of a Psalter of Florence which was wrinen on the tICS/! E.. ~ but Bell (EvidtnctJ. ~ He thus prefen a second century date, A fragmenl ofa codex containing Exodu", and Ocuteronolny. 1'. 56. was nsigned to the second century by the editor Bilabel. who was followed by Bell (Ruml DUcovvUs. op. , p. 15). 42 EARLV EGYPTIAN C1-IRISTIANITY n W. " JEU 3 (1952). p. 2. £.. 25, and was wriltcn during the time of Victor, who became bishop of Rome in 189, lhe Jame ycal" thaI Demetrius be

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