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Menarti

MENARTI The name given in modern times to a small island situated at the foot of the Second Cataract of the Nile, a few miles south of the town of Wadi Halfa. The name in Nubian means “island of Mei,” but some scholars believe this may be a corruption of Mikhailnarti (island of Michael). Near …

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Menas, Saint

MENAS, SAINT The eighth-century bishop of Tmuis. The life of Anba Menas is known from the SYNAXARION, the notice of which is read on 7 Hatur, and the HISTORY OF THE PATRIARCHS, in the notice on KHA’IL I. Menas was a native of Samannud in the Delta. He was an only son, and was married …

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Martyrs, Coptic

MARTYRS, COPTIC The souls recognized in Egypt who suffered persecution and died for their faith. The majority of martyrs belong to the period of Roman persecutions from the time of Nero in the mid-first century to the time of Diocletian in the early fourth century. It is, of course, impossible to assemble the names of …

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Coptic Missionaries In India

COPTIC MISSIONARIES IN INDIA The story of the first Christian missionaries in the southern part of the Indian subcontinent is associated with the apostle Thomas. According to the apocryphal Acts of Thomas (Judas-Thomas in the Syriac version), written by Bardesanes, a famous author in Edessa, Syria, in the late second or early third century, Gondophernes, …

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Itfih

ITFIH A city on the east bank of the Nile some 25 miles (40 km) northeast of BANISUEF. In Greek, Itfih was known as Aphroditopolis or Aphrodito, and in Coptic as petpeh or petp/h. In 339 ATHANASIUS recorded in his nineteenth paschal letter to Serapion that Serenus was the successor of Theodorus as bishop of …

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Dimayrah

DIMAYRAH The name of two villages located near one another in the middle of the Delta in the province of Gharbiyyah. There exists today a village called Dumerah (or Dimerah) about 4 miles (6.5 km) west of al-Baramun and 5 miles (8 km) north of Talkha. North of this site is a village called Kafr …

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Dinushar

DINUSHAR A town located in the middle of the Delta about 3.5 miles (5.5 km) southwest of al-Mahallah al-Kubra in the Gharbiyyah province. The HISTORY OF THE PATRIARCHS speaks in two different places about the building of a church to the martyr Ptolemaus in Dinushar. The account of the life of the patriarch COSMAS II …

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