Politics, Monasticism & Miracles in Sixth Century Upper Egypt

A Critical Edition & Translation of the Coptic Texts on Abraham of Farshut
Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum
No. 69


By James E. Goehring
December 2012
Mohr Siebeck
Distributed By Coronet Books Inc.
ISBN: 9783161522147                             
172 pages
$97.50 Paper Original

This volume contains the critical edition and translation of the Coptic texts about Abraham of Farshut, the last head of the Coptic Orthodox Monastery Pachomian Association in Upper Egypt. Previous studies have placed an emphasis on the origins and early years of this first community monastic movement. In the present work, James E. Goehring employs contrast with their last days and its demise during the reign of the Byzantine emperor Justinian I in the 6th Century. It examines the characteristics of the literary texts, their role in the creation of a saint and the historical events that they reflect. Stories of miracles and biased representations of the reconstruction soft internal debates about the decisions of the Council of Chalcedon, political intrigue, and finally the reorganization of local monastic movement in Upper Egypt.


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