MIRRIT BOUTROS GHALI

Clerical College (Cairo)

CLERICAL COLLEGE (Cairo) The idea of the establishment of a school for teaching Coptic theology to prepare a new generation of educated priests to assume religious responsibilities in Coptic churches goes back to the middle of the nineteenth century. Until that time the priesthood in Coptic churches held a monopoly as it was a hereditary …

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Dayr Apa Phoibammon

DAYR APA PHOIBAMMON History The monastery of Phoibammon is situated between MADINAT HABU and Armant, at the end of a narrow wadi ending in a circular cliff about 80 feet (25 m) high. It was excavated in 1947 and 1948 by Charles Bachatly, secretary-general of the SOCIETY OF COPTIC ARCHAEOLOGY. Graffiti on the cliff face …

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Yassa ‘Abd Al-Masih

YASSA ‘ABD AL-MASIH (1898-1959) An Egyptian scholar, with special knowledge of ecclesiastical Arabic. Although his higher education was limited to diplomas in theological studies from the Coptic Clerical College (1922) and in archaeology from the Egyptian University, now Cairo University, he distinguished himself through his own independent efforts in the study of the Coptic language. …

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Sami Gabra (1893-1979)

SAMI GABRA (1893-1979) An Egyptian archaeologist. After studying at the American College at Asyut, he decided to embark on a legal career and obtained bachelor and doctoral degrees from Bordeaux University. He then taught law at the old Egyptian University. In 1926 he obtained the diploma of archaeology from Liverpool University, and in 1929, a …

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Labib Habachi (1906-1984)

LABIB HABACHI (1906-1984) An Egyptologist. He was born at al- Mansurah, capital of the province of Daqahliyyah, and died in Luxor. He took an interest in Coptic studies from his earliest days. His first publication in Arabic was a book in 1929 on the Coptic monasteries of the Eastern Desert. Although his education and active …

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