Sunday, August 3, 2014

Onomastic Statistics and the Christianization of Egypt: A Response to Depauw and Clarysse

New article "Onomastic Statistics and the Christianization of Egypt: A Response to Depauw and Clarysse"

https://www.academia.edu/7641382/_Onomastic_Statistics_and_the_Christianization_of_Egypt_2014_



Abstract

In showing a more gradual spread of Christianity over the fourth century, Depauw and Clarysse’s revised statistical approach has some merits over Bagnall’s earlier conclu-sions from onomastic evidence. However, given the complex, even ambiguous Christianity evident in late antique Egyptian sources, all attempts to track “conversion” on the basis of naming beg the questions: (a) what constitutes “being Christian” and (b) what do new naming practices actually represent in the overall assimilation of Christian traditions.

Keywords
Christianization – Egypt – naming – conversion – religious ambiguity

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by David Frankfurter



known for his work