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

Kalchenko Evgenia S.

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.

Keywords: Coptic literature, John the Apostle, mysteries, allusions, Ancient Egyptian themes and elements of the narrative

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