“Mysteries of John, the Apostle and Holy Virgin”: Reflection of Ancient Traditions in the Coptic Narrative

Publication type Article
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Affiliation: The State Hermitage Museum
Address: Russian Federation, Saint Petersburg
Journal nameVestnik drevnei istorii
EditionVolume 81 Issue 4

The article deals with the analysis of several excerpts from a Coptic literary text known as the “Mysteries of John, the Apostle and Holy Virgin”. A distinctive feature of the textual themes and elements discussed is that they make a reference to Ancient Egyptian traditions, thus tracing a connection between indigenous pagan perceptions and the adopted Christian culture.

KeywordsCoptic literature, John the Apostle, mysteries, allusions, Ancient Egyptian themes and elements of the narrative
Publication date14.12.2021
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