The Coptic Christian Tradition Workshop

DateFebruary 6, 2019
Time10:00 am - 5:00 pm
LocationTreasure Room, Armstrong Browning Library, Baylor University
Waco, TX
Egypt’s Coptic Christians are heirs to one of the very earliest and most
creative traditions of the faith. Christianity’s roots in Egypt date to
the first century, and for centuries afterwards Egypt was distinguished
for its flourishing achievements in Christian literature, art,
architecture and spirituality. In its time, the Coptic language was one
of the most significant vehicles for Christian thought and debate. Our
workshop on The Coptic Christian Tradition looks at various aspects of the splendid story, past and present.

10-11 am – “Making Christian Egypt: Myths and Debates” Philip Jenkins, Institute for Studies of Religion, Baylor University

11-12 pm – “Women, Laughter, and Popular Theater:
The Role of Humor in Early Egyptian Monasticism”, Paul Dilley, Associate
Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, Departments of Religious
Studies and Classics, University of Iowa. Author of Monasteries and the Care of Souls in Late Antique Christianity (2017)

12-1.30pm –  LUNCH

1.30-2.30 pm – “The Red Monastery Church: Egypt and
the Mediterranean in the Fifth and Sixth Centuries”, Elizabeth Bolman,
Elsie B. Smith Professor in the Liberal Arts, Chair of Department of Art
History and Art, Case Western University. Editor, The Red Monastery Church: Beauty and Asceticism in Upper Egypt  (2016)

2.30-2.45 pm BREAK

2.45-3.45 pm “Who are Copts? Reflections from the
Past and Present”, Febe Armanios, Associate Professor of History at
Middlebury College. Author of Coptic Christianity in Ottoman Egypt (2011)

3.45 pm  General Discussion, Q&A



  • The Coptic Christian Tradition Workshop (free)


02/06/2019 02:45 PM

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PublisherInstitute for Studies of Religion
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