Friday, July 24, 2020

New in ISAW Papers: Bagnall, Shenoute’s Name

ISAW Papers 19 (2020)
Shenoute’s Name
Roger S. Bagnall


Abstract: Despite his later prominence in the Coptic Orthodox Church, it is hard to see clearly the position of the abbot Shenoute of Atripe in his own time and the following century. His own name is virtually unknown before him, and it is rare in the papyri in the century following his death (generally said to be 465 ce), with most instances in areas near his monastery. It is suggested that its later popularity is the result of Shenoute's importance to the non-Chalcedonian church as it developed a full structure in the later sixth century, particularly under Pope Damian.

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