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Ancient eqgyptian papyrus found in Irish bog

Postby the_power on Mon Sep 06, 2010 5:19 pm

http://www.physorg.com/news202991457.html

" Irish scientists have found fragments of Egyptian papyrus in the leather cover of an ancient book of psalms that was unearthed from a peat bog, Ireland's National Museum said on Monday. "
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Re: Ancient eqgyptian papyrus found in Irish bog

Postby Billy on Mon Sep 06, 2010 10:32 pm

This is just too good to be true. Coptic fans wil be going bananas.
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Re: Ancient eqgyptian papyrus found in Irish bog

Postby mock on Wed Sep 08, 2010 10:29 am

I seen the documentary on the find last night, i thought it was fascinating, can anyone explain the differences/similarities With the early irish church and the coptic church? id be much obliged.
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Re: Ancient eqgyptian papyrus found in Irish bog

Postby brendan on Wed Sep 08, 2010 3:08 pm

I have been to the Coptic museum in Cairo and looking at the images there are a lot of similarities between them and the Insular style that these isles are famous for.

The early Irish church did admire the Desert Fathers and their teachings and this led to a high uptake of ascetic practices by a church that was denied the red Martyrdom that was de rigeur for any up and coming Christian church.
Differences? There are plenty, one that springs to mind (but could be wrong) is a difference in view of the relative worth of Cenobitic Vs Eremitic practices...that and a few hundred years.

If you are really interested in the stylistic differences between the artwork of Early Christian churches including the influences of Mithraism, the Cult of Isis and various other things on the imagery that is familiar to us today as Christian then have a look at 'The Lion Companion to Early Christian Art'
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Re: Ancient eqgyptian papyrus found in Irish bog

Postby mock on Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:23 am

Thanks very much Brendan, ive ordered a second hand copy from Amazon. loads to look in on for the winter.
i might try and find out how close christianity came to being taken over by Mithraism im sure the roman army across Europe would have had a huge influence. not my strongest period by any shot but its something to do.
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Re: Ancient eqgyptian papyrus found in Irish bog

Postby brendan on Thu Sep 09, 2010 11:30 am

From an imagery perspective there is a lot of stuff that could be characterised as a takeover. Some of the most pervasive being:
- the war related origins of Halos
- Isis and Horus
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