Dating coptic crosses
Isaiah the prophet, in Chapter 19, Verse 19 says "In that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the LORD at its border." Although fully integrated into the body of the modern Egyptian nation, the Copts have survived as a strong religious entity who pride themselves on their contribution to the Christian world. This status is well deserved, afterall, Egypt was the refuge that the Holy Family sought in its flight from Judea: "When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, "Out of Egypt I called My Son" [Mathew -23].
The Coptic church regards itself as a strong defendant of Christian faith. The contributions of the Coptic Church to Christendom are many.
This leading role, however, did not fare well when politics started to intermingle with Church affairs.
The scope of the school of Alexandria was not limited to theological subjects, because science, mathematics and the humanities were also taught there: The question and answer method of commentary began there, and 15 centuries before Braille, wood-carving techniques were in use there by blind scholars to read and write The Theological college of the Catechetical School of Alexandria was re-established in 1893.
Today, it has campuses in Alexandria, Cairo, New Jersey, and Los Angeles, where priests-to-be and other qualified men and women are taught among other subjects Christian theology, history, Coptic language and art---including chanting, music, iconography, tapestry etc.
Another saint from the Theban Legion is Saint Victor, known among Copts as "Boktor".
Under the authority of the Eastern Roman Empire of Constantinople (as opposed to the western empire of Rome), the Patriarchs and Popes of Alexandria played leading roles in Christian theology.
Saint Anthony, the world's first Christian monk was a Copt from Upper Egypt.
Saint Pachom, who established the rules of monasticism, was a Copt.
They were invited everywhere to speak about the Christian faith.
Saint Cyril, Pope of Alexandria, was the head of the Ecumenical Council which was held in Ephesus in the year 430 A. It was said that the bishops of the Church of Alexandria did nothing but spend all their time in meetings.
Monasticism was born in Egypt and was instrumental in the formation of the Coptic Church's character of submission and humbleness, thanks to the teachings and writings of the Great Fathers of Egypt's Deserts.
Monasticism started in the last years of the third century and flourished in the fourth century.
Origen wrote over 6,000 commentaries of the Bible in addition to his famous Hexapla.