Is there evidence of Alexandrian culture influencing the first century Christians?: a question explored through Christian connections to the practice of mummification
thesisposted on 2022-03-28, 13:11 authored by Craig L. Hall
This thesis research seeks to explore early Christianity in Egypt, particularly first century, by answering the question: Is there evidence of Alexandrian culture influencing the First century Christians? – and whether this may be a marker for early Christians in Egypt. Rather than seeking evidence conventionally via specificity of the term χριστιανοì or other nomina sacra in papyri, made difficult by the lack of first century examples, this thesis therefore takes the approach of looking for evidence of Alexandrian culture in Christian practice or texts. Do the Christians say they encountered and converted people from Alexandria, and is there other evidence of Egypto-Alexandrian culture meeting Christian culture? Due to Graeco-Roman culture being explicable from outside Alexandrian Egypt, this discussion focuses on the specificity of unique residual Egyptian culture persistent in the Alexandrian sphere – such as the process of mummification evident in first century Egypt and early Christian burial methods as a potential marker for both syncretistic practice and early Christian activity in Egypt in the first century.
NotesBibliography: pages 93-115 Theoretical thesis.
Awarding InstitutionMacquarie University
Degree TypeThesis MRes
DegreeMRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Ancient History
Department, Centre or SchoolDepartment of Ancient History
Year of Award2015
Principal SupervisorPaul McKechnie
RightsCopyright Craig L. Hall 2015. Copyright disclaimer: http://mq.edu.au/library/copyright
Extent1 online resource (viii, 117 pages) colour illustrations
Former Identifiersmq:49778 http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/1109036
mummy labelsChristiansAlexandriamummificationAlexandria (Egypt) -- Civilizationmummy masksFuneral rites and ceremonies, Early ChristianChurch history -- Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600Christians -- Egypt -- Social conditionsFuneral rites and ceremonies, Early Christian -- EgyptChurch historyfirst century Christians