The Copts and the West 1439-1822: The European Discovery of the Egyptian Church

Paperback | December 8, 2014

byAlastair Hamilton

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In seventeenth-century Europe the Copts, or the Egyptian members of the Church of Alexandria, were widely believed to hold the key to an ancient wisdom and an ancient theology. Their language was thought to lead to the deciphering of the hieroglyphs and their Church to retain traces of earlyChristian practices as well as early Egyptian customs. Now available in paperback for the first time, this first, full-length study of the subject, discusses the attempts of Catholic missionaries to force the Church of Alexandria into union with the Church of Rome and the slow accumulation of knowledge of Coptic beliefs, undertaken by Catholics andProtestants. It ends with a survey of the study of the Coptic language in the West and of the uses to which it was put by Biblical scholars, antiquarians, theologians, and Egyptologists.

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In seventeenth-century Europe the Copts, or the Egyptian members of the Church of Alexandria, were widely believed to hold the key to an ancient wisdom and an ancient theology. Their language was thought to lead to the deciphering of the hieroglyphs and their Church to retain traces of earlyChristian practices as well as early Egyptian...

Alastair Hamilton was educated at Eton and King's College Cambridge. He taught at the University of Urbino from 1977 to 1992, Professor of the History of the Radical Reformation at the University of Amsterdam from1987 to 2001, and Dr. C. Louise Thijssen-Schoute Professor of the History of Ideas at Leiden University from 1985 to 2005. ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:354 pagesPublished:December 8, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart One - The Copts in Egypt1. An Ancient Church2. Muslim DominationPart Two - The Missions3. The Council of Florence4. The First Jesuit Mission5. New Approaches6. Towards a Coptic Catholic ChurchPart Three - Knowledge of the Copts7. The First Stages8. Confessional Clashes I9. Confessional Clashes II10. Jansenists and Jesuits11. Protestants and the EnlightenmentPart Four - The Coptic Language12. Athanasius Kircher and His Shadow13. Grammars, Dictionaries, and Dialects14. Manuscript Collecting15. Biblical StudiesEpilogueBibliographyGeneral Index

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"...this scholarly and very readable work fills an important gap in Coptic studies and draws together a number of historic strands which are only alluded to briefly in other works." --The Glastonbury Review, Issue 115