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Among the Copts
Beliefs and Practices

John H. Watson

The Revd Dr John Waston has travelled extensively, exploring Christianity throughout the world, and lectures at home and abroad. He works as an Assistant Priest in a Dorset village, writes the fortnightly Coptophile Column for Cairo’s Watani (the leading Christian newspaper in the Middle East), and contributes regularly to Kirche im Dialog in Mannheim, Germany.


Among the Copts brings the reader face to face with the Christians of Egypt, offering a comprehensive presentation of the life and thought of the Coptic Orthodox Church at the turn of the millennium. The book explores all the important themes of the Copts from the earliest moments of Christian history to the present day, achieving an impressive balance between a critical re-examination of Coptic history and original research. The work includes sections on history, liturgy, art, theology, monasticism, politics, mission and martyrdom.


Chapter One Introduction: At the Sources of Christian Civilization
Chapter Two Copt and Coptic
Chapter Three In the State of Angels
Chapter Four In Liturgical Time
Chapter Five Patriarchs: Fathers of the Fathers
Chapter Six Mission: For Africa and the World
Chapter Seven The Egyptian Church Struggle
Chapter Eight Thinking with the Church
Chapter Nine Conclusion: Era of the Martyrs

Appendix A Coptic Chronology

Further Reading
Index of Names and Subjects
Index of Biblical References

“A fascinating and highly readable book.” The Tablet

“Written with a deep, though not uncritical, sympathy for the Copts, and a keen awareness of the problems they face in an Islamic society.” Church Times

“I warmly commend Among the Copts as a substantial contribution to Ecumenical understanding.” George Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury

“This book, well illustrated and with pictures of Coptic life and historical sites, is one of the best-informed and most authoritative books on the contemporary situation in the ancient Church of Alexandria.” Coptic Church Review


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April 2000
  Illustrated:   Pictures or Coptic life and historical sites
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