Somewhat reminiscent of Subdn. Theodore and Linus. Ah, how I miss those days.
It seems there is a kind of ethnocentric focus here. Is it really essential, other than the argument of whether the gentiles and Jews were initially together during the Pauline era early church, to discuss such things? If it is a matter of pride in heritage, then I would say yes, St. Athanasius the Great was indeed a native Egyptian (as most scholars agree
), but what does this really accomplish? It's the principle, not necessarily the tradition that decorates, that truly makes a difference, lest we become as the Pharisees.
The day was made for man, not man for the day. Seize it!
I should like to imagine that the Jews and gentiles during the early church were at first wary of the other respective group, but later, as persecution increased, the differences were set aside and Christian concept of loving one's neighbor was put to practice.
By the way, Papa Abba Shenouda III has completed the consecration of the Coptic Orthodox monastery at Corpus Christi, Texas. It used to be the site of an old Roman Catholic abbey, but was set for sale and bought by the Southern US Diocese under H.G. Bishop Youssef.