Pilgrimage and Holy Space in Late Antique Egypt

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1998 Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 9004111271. DJ has very light creasing along top edge else Fine.; Religions in the Graeco-Roman World; 516 pages; This volume deals ... with the origins and rise of Christian pilgrimage cults in late-antique Egypt. Part One covers the major theoretical issues in the study of Coptic pilgrimage, such as sacred landscape and shrines' catchment areas, while Part Two examines native Egyptian and Egyptian Jewish pilgrimage practices. Part Three investigates six major shrines, from Philae's diverse non-Christian devotees to the great pilgrim centre of Abu Mina and a Thecla shrine on its route. The fourth part of the book looks at such diverse pilgrims' rites as oracles, chant and stational liturgy. Part Five brings in Athanasius's and an anonymous hagiographer's perspectives on pilgrimage in Egypt. Read more Show Less

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This volume deals with the origins and rise of Christian pilgrimage cults in late antique Egypt. Part One covers the major theoretical issues in the study of Coptic pilgrimage, such as sacred landscape and shrines' catchment areas, while Part Two examines native Egyptian and Egyptian Jewish pilgrimage practices. Part Three investigates six major shrines, from Philae's diverse non-Christian devotees to the great pilgrim center of Abu Mina and a Thecla shrine on its route. Part Four looks at such diverse pilgrims' rites as oracles, chant, and stational liturgy, while Part Five brings in Athanasius's and an anonymous hagiographer's perspectives on pilgrimage in Egypt. The volume includes illustrations of the Abu Mina site, pilgrims' ampules from the Thecla shrine, as well as several maps.

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'The volume is important and should be in every research library.'
James E. Goehring, Religious Studies Review, 2000.
'Some aspects of pilgrimage addressed here, such as pilgrim chants, have only rarely, if at all, been discussed elsewhere…As we have learned to expect from David Frankfurter, this collection evidences a steadfast commitment to a "regional approach to Christianity and other developing religions". David Frankfurter is surely to be congratulated for bringing together a collection of essays representing a broad array of the fascinating new approaches to late antique pilgrimage.'
Blake Leyerle, Church History, 2000.
'…handsomely produced…an exciting collection.'
Philip Rousseau, Journal of Ecclesiastical History.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004111271
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/25/1998
  • Series: Religions in the Graeco-Roman World Series , #134
  • Pages: 534
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 9.68 (h) x 1.45 (d)

Meet the Author

David Frankfurter, Ph.D. (1990) in Religion, Princeton University, is Professor of History and Religious Studies at the University of New Hampshire. He has published extensively on Christianization in late antiquity, apocalyptic literature, and magic.
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Table of Contents

List of Maps
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
I Introduction
Approaches to Coptic Pilgrimage 3
II Indigenous Foundations
Les deplacements pieux en Egypte pharaonique: sites et pratiques cultuelles 51
Jewish Pilgrimage and Jewish Identity in Hellenistic and Early Roman Egypt 99
III The Great Regional Cults
Island of the Extremity: Space, Language, and Power in the Pilgrimage Traditions of Philae 229
Pilgrimage to the Shrine of SS Cyrus and John at Menouthis in Late Antiquity 257
The Pilgrimage Center of Abu Mina 281
Pilgrimage and the Cult of Saint Thecla in Late Antique Egypt 303
Visitors to Shenoute's Monastery 341
Arab Christian Pilgrimages in the Proto-Byzantine Period 373
IV The Rites of Coptic Pilgrims
Fragments of the Sortes Sanctorum from the Shrine of St. Colluthus 393
Chant in Coptic Pilgrimage 403
A Liturgical Procession in the Desert of Apa Shenoute 415
V Beyond Pilgrimage, Beyond Egypt
"Outside the Places, Within the Truth": Athanasius of Alexandria and the Localization of the Holy 445
Miracles, Monks, and Monuments: The Historia Monachorum in Aegypto as Pilgrims' Tales 483
Index 507
Diagrams and Plates 517
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