Now libraries, museums and universities throughout the world possess hundreds and thousands of Coptic manuscripts. by the Christian scholar Pantanaeus, the school of Alexandria became the most important institution of religious learning in Christendom.
The Catechetical School of Alexandria is the oldest Catechetical School in the world. Many prominent bishops from many areas of the world were instructed in that school under scholars such as Athenagoras, Clement, Didymus, and the great Origen, who was considered the father of theology and who was also active in the field of commentary and comparative Biblical studies.
Saint Anthony, the world's first Christian monk was a Copt from Upper Egypt.
Also, it describes the distinctive art and architecture that developed as an early expression of the new faith.
The Coptic Church is based on the teachings of Saint Mark who brought Christianity to Egypt during the reign of the Roman emperor Nero in the first century, a dozen of years after the Lord's ascension.
The Holy Bible was translated to the Coptic language in the second century.
Hundreds of scribes used to write copies of the Bible and other liturgical and theological books.
This leading role, however, did not fare well when politics started to intermingle with Church affairs.