Politics, Monasticism, and Miracles in Sixth Century Upper Egypt 978-3-16-152276-5 - Mohr Siebeck
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James E. Goehring

Politics, Monasticism, and Miracles in Sixth Century Upper Egypt

A Critical Edition and Translation of the Coptic Texts on Abraham of Farshut

[Politik, Klosterleben und Wunder im Oberägypten des 6. Jahrhunderts. Eine kritische Ausgabe und Übersetzung der koptischen Texte über Abraham von Farshut.]

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This volume contains a critical edition and translation of the Coptic texts on Abraham of Farshut, the last abbot of the Pachomian monasteries of Upper Egypt in the sixth century. In this study by James E. Goehring, miracle stories give way to the reconstruction of internal debates, political intrigue, the demise of the movement, and the eventual reordering of communal monasticism in Upper Egypt.
This volume contains a critical edition and translation of the Coptic texts on Abraham of Farshut, the last Coptic orthodox archimandrite of the Pachomian federation in Upper Egypt. While past studies have focused on the origins and early years of this, the first communal monastic movement, James E. Goehring turns to its final days and ultimate demise in the sixth century reign of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I. He examines the literary nature of the texts, their role in the making of a saint, and the historical events that they reveal. Miracle stories and tendentious accounts give way to the reconstruction of internal debates over the decrees of the Council of Chalcedon, political intrigue, and the eventual reordering of the communal monastic movement in Upper Egypt.
Authors/Editors

James E. Goehring Born 1950; 1968 BA from UC Berkeley; 1972 MA from UC Santa Barbara; 1981 PhD in Early Christian Studies from Claremont University; currently Professor of Religion at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Irenikon — 2013, Heft 3–4, S. 579–580 (U. Z.)
In: Journal of Coptic Studies — 16 (2014), S. 291–293 (Satoshi Toda)
In: Adamantius — 21 (2015), S. 545–547 (Paola Buzi)