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Some Duties And Responsibilities Of A Bishop(?) In Late Antique Egypt

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This chapter argues that Greek papyrus documents from Egypt in the late third and early fourth centuries dealing with the activities of Sotas, Bishop of Oxyrhynchus form a cohesive archive and give us an insight into the day to day functions of an Egyptian bishop at this time. These papyri taken as a group, though they cannot be dated precisely, do not appear to reflect a church troubled by persecution, insecurities or restrictions. They show a sense of community and fellowship, embracing males as well as females, and allow us to see how the church was beginning to operate at a 'grass roots' level during the time of transition in the late third and early fourth centuries.

Keywords: Christian Sotas; early Egyptian church; Egyptian bishop; Greek papyrus documents



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