This bibliography is made for academics, journalists and anyone else with an interest to do further research about the Holy Family. Most texts on the contemporary tradition are found in the AWR database. No doubt many other titles exist. Please inform us about new titles if you discover they are missing in this overview.
1. Books, non-Arabic
Al-Maqrizi, Topography and History of Egypt in: Mémoires de la Mission archéologique français du Cairo, Paris, Ernest Leroux, 1985-1906
Anonymous, The Escape to Egypt According to Coptic Tradition, Cairo, Lehnert & Landrock, 1993 (photos of icons)
Anonymous, The Holy Family in Egypt, Cairo, Egyptian Ministry of Tourism, 1999 (itinerary based on the recommendations of the Holy Family Committee of the Coptic Orthodox Church, 1999)
Atiya, Aziz S., ed. Coptic Encyclopedia, New York, Macmillan, New York, 1991, 8 volumes. Many different entrees are relevant for the study of the Holy Family tradition.
Atiya, Aziz S., ‘Abd al-Masih, Yassa, Burmester, O.H.E. Khs., eds. and trans., History of the Patriarchs of the Egyptian Church, Societe d’archeologie Copte, 1948
Basili, William F., The Flight into Egypt, Dar Memphis Press, Cairo, 1968
Budge, Wallis A., Legends of Our Lady Mary the Perpetual Virgin and her Mother Hanna, London, Oxford University Press, 1933 (a later Ethiopic version of the Flight-to-Egypt)
Chapman, Marybelle, Egypt in the Bible, Maadi Community Church, March 1990
Davis, Stephen J., Coptic Christology in Practice: Incarnation and Divine Participation in Late Antique and Medieval Egypt, Oxford University Press, 2008
Davis, Stephen J., Christ Child: Cultural Memories of a Young Jesus, Yale University Press, early 2014
Demetrius, Bishop, The visit of the Holy Family to Mallawi, 2nd revised and expanded edition, Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Malawi, 1999 (the booklet was originally written in Arabic and is translated in English, French and German)
Dib, Pierre, Deux discours de Cyriaque, e’ve`que de Behne’sa sur la fuite en E’gypte, Revue de l’Orient chrétien 15, 1910
Evetts, B.T.A. trans., and Butler, Alfred J., ed., The Churches and Monasteries of Egypt and Some Neighbouring Countries, Attributed to Abu Salih the Armenian, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1969
Eusebius, The History of the Church, trans. G.A. Williamson, Harmondsworth, Penguin Books, 1965
Fabri, Felix, Voyage en Egypte, ed. And transl. J. Masson, Cairo, Institut français orientale du Cairo, 1975
Farid, Samir W. The Flight into Egypt, Youssef Abdallah, Cairo, 1965
Festugiére, A.J. ed. History of the Monks in Egypt, Brussels, Sociéte’ de Bollandistes, 1971
Frankfurter, David, Pilgrimage and Holy Space in Late Antique Egypt, Leiden, Brill, 1998
Gabra, Gawdat, Über die Flucht der Heiligen Familie nach Koptische Traditionen, DAAD, 1997
Gabra, Gawdat, and Hany Takla, eds. Christianity and Monasticism in Middle Egypt. Vol. 6. British Academic Press, 2015.
Georgy, Fathy S. The Holy Family in Egypt, Dar Nubar, Cairo, 1998
Graf, Georg, Geschichte der Christlichen Arabischen Literatur, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, vol.1, 1944
Heimendahl, Adriane, Die Flucht nach Ägypten, Paul Pattloch Verlag, Ashaffenburg, 1951
Hyvernat, H., Les actes des martyrs de l’Egypte tire’s des manuscrits coptes de la Bibliotéque Vaticana et du Musée Borgia, Paris, Ernest Leroux, 1886
Iskander, Michael M., Jesus Christ in Egypt. The Events, Traditions and Sites of Halts during the Journey of the Holy Family into Egypt, Mahaba Bookshop, Cairo, 1999
Julien, Michel, “Traditions et légendes coptes sur les voyage de la sainte-famille en Egypte, Les Missions Catholiques 19, 1887
Kuiper, Willem, De Goede Hof, Neder-L, 2003
MacCoull, Leslie B. “The Holy Family Pilgrimage in Late Antique Egypt: the case of Qusqam,” in Akten des XII internationalen Kongresses fuer christliche Archaeologie: Bonn 22-28 September 1991, ed. E. Dassmann and J. Engemann (Jahrbuch fuer Antike und Christentum, Ergaenzungsband 20, Muenster: Aschendorffse Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1995-97).
Meinardus, O.F.A., In the Steps of The Holy Family from Bethlehem to Upper Egypt, Dar al-Maaref, Cairo, 1963. New edition published in 1986 by the American University in Cairo Press under the title “The Holy Family in Egypt”.
Meinardus, O.F.A., Christian Egypt, Ancient and Modern, American University in Cairo Press, 1977
Meinardus, O.F.A., The Holy Family in Egypt, abridged electronic version for Copt-Net, April 1993
Meinardus, O.F.A., Two Thousand Years of Coptic Christianity, American University in Cairo Press, 1999
Mingana, A. “Vision of Theophilus, or the Book of the Flight of the Holy Family into Egypt,” Woodbrooke Studies 3.1, Cambridge, W. Heffer & Sons, 1931
Sheler, Jeffrey L., Culture & Ideas, US News & WorldReport, December 24, 2001 (on the land of Goshen)
Sozomen, History of the Church, ed.J. Bidez and G.C. Hansen, GCS 50, 1960, transl. C.D. Hartranft, NPNF, second series, Vol. II, New York, Christian Literature Company, 1890
Suchem, Ludolf von “Descriptions of the Holy Land, in: Palestine Pilgrims’ Text Society 12, reprt, New York, AMS Press, 1971 (a description on the guardians at Matariya)
Sicard, Claude (1676-1726), Lettres e’difiantes et curieuses, Vol. 5, Paris, 1905. A critical edition of his writings was published by the Institut français d’Archéologie orientale: Oevres, 3 vols., Cairo, 1982
Stephen, Boud’hors, Anne and Boutros, Ramez Wadie (no title and date of publication given)
Thierry, Nicole, Les peintures de Deir Abou Hennis, Solidarite-Orient, 207, 1998
Timm, Stefan, Das christlich-koptischen Aegypten in arabischer Zeit, Wiesbaden, Dr. Ludwig Reichert, 1984
Till, W., Koptische Heiligen- und Maertyrerlegenden, Orientalia Christiana Analecta 102, Rome 1935
Valensi, Lucette. La fuite en Égypte: histoires d’Orient et d’Occident: essai d’histoire comparée. Seuil, 2002.
Vansleb, Johann Michael (d.1679), Histoire de l’eglise d’Alexandrie, Paris, 1677 (Stephen: some refer to him but nothing in the Coptic Encyclopedia indicates he also wrote about sites of the Holy Family but it is certainly possible)
Yousef, Youhanna N. “Notes on the Traditions Concerning the Flight of the Holy Family into Egypt,” Coptic Church Review, vol.20, no.2, 1999
Zaklama, Nashaat, The Holy Family in Egypt, Published by “The Sons of Saint Mark the Evangelist” (English and Arabic), Cairo, self published, 1999
Zanetti, Ugo, Abu al-Makarim et Abu Salih, Bulletin de la Sociéte’ d’archéologie copte, 34, 1995
2. Books, Arabic
Abanub Louis, Father, Hayat we el-mu’agizat il-fata il shehid Abanub il-Nehisi, Published by the Bishopric of Mahalet el-Kubra, 1990
Anonymous, Kitab mayamir wa ‘aja’ib al-adhra, second edition, Cairo, ‘Ayn Shams Press, 1927 (containing the Arabic Vision of Theophilus, the Homily on the Visit of the Blessed Virgin and her Beloved Son at the Holy Monastry now known as Pai Isus or the House of Jesus in the City of al-Bahnasa of Bishop Kyriakos and the homily attributed to bishop Zacharias of Sakha.
Dawud, Nabih Kamil, Tarikh kanisat al-sayyida al-‘adhra bil Ma’adi, Cairo, 1999
Fu’ad, Hala, ‘Hal sharab el-Mesih min bir Tel-Basta’, in: Akher Sa’a, May 31, 2000, p.28-29
Gregorius, Bishop, El Dayr el-Muharraq, tarikhu we wasfu we kul mushtamalathu, no publisher mentioned, Cairo, not dated, probably 1969
Ma’awad, Ibrahim Sabri and Father Dr. Rufa’il Sami and Prof. Dr. Makari Armanius Surur, Watha’iq tunsher l’awal marra ‘an Rahla el-`aela el-muqadassa l’ard masr, Published by: Mu’assasa Beter le tuba’h we nashr, Cairo, 2000
Omar, Mahmoud, Ba’r el-’A’ela el-Muqadassa, published by himself (ISBN 977-19-514-0-8), Cairo, 2000 [selfpublished, distributed by Madbouli bookstore, Cairo]
Nuns of the Monastery of Mar Girgis, Rahla el-`a’ela el-muqadassa ila masr we mantaqat masr el-qadima, published by Dayr Shahit el-`Azim Mar Girgis, Old Cairo, 1999
Philippus, Bishop, El-Sahaba el-Muta’aliqa fi Daqadus, published by the Church of the Holy Virgin in Daqadus, 1994
Ramzy, Fikri, 2000 ‘am ‘ala magi’ il `a’ela el-muqadassa ila ‘ard masr, Published by Aughustinos le tuba’h, 1999. The book was prepared and published under the authority of Metropolitan Athanasius.
Ramzy, Mohammed, El-Qamus el-Geografie lil bilad el-Masriya, publisher Dar el-Kutub el-Masriya, 1953-1954
Samuel al-Suriyani, Tarikh al-kana’is wa-l-adyura, 1984 (translation of Abu al-Makarim, Churches and Monasteries of Egypt)
Tadrous, Ramzy, Da’irat el-Maaref el-Qibtiya, Cairo, self-published, not dated
Yacobus, Bishop, ‘Azra’ El-Zagazig, Publisher: Coptic Orthodox Church of Zagazig, 1998, pp 136 (with 24 pages photos)
3. Magazine and newspaper articles (not in AWR database)
The articles are ordered on date of publication, between parenthesis are the locations, subjects or other background information provided.
Omaya Abdel-Latif, On the Track of the Holy Family, Al-Ahram Weekly, April 20-26, 1995
Samir Naoum, Myths, miracles and movable church, Al-Ahram Weekly, August 20, 1998 (The restored church of Saint Abscaron in, Bayaho, Samalut)
Samir Naoum, On the route of the flight, Al-Ahram Weekly, October 22-28, 1998 (Samanud)
Samir Naoum, ‘An escape into Egypt’ , supplement, Al-Ahram Weekly, January 7-13, 1999 (Farma, Tel Basta, Bilbeis, Musturod, Daqadous, Samannud, Sakha, Wadi Natroun, Mattariya, Babylon, Maadi, Ahnasiya, Al-Bahnasa, Abay Aysus or Deir al-Garnus, Ishnin al-Nasara, Gebel al-Teir, Shagaret Al-Abid, Al-Ashmunein, Dairut Al-Sherif, Al-Qusiyah, Deir al-Muharraq and Durunka)
Rehab Saad, In their footsteps, Al-Ahram Weekly, January 7-13, 1999 (general, Holy Family pilgrimage, a new tourism attraction believes Stephen Newbiggin of Thomas Cook)
Hoda Osman, Holy Family path to be revamped, Middle East Times, 24-30 January, 1999 (efforts of the Ministry of Tourism to make the Holy Family sites a tourist destination)
Samir Naoum, ‘Egypt’s ancient gateway,’ Al Ahram Weekly, May 13-19, 1999 (about Farma or Pelusium)
Nevine El-Aref, Travels in Middle Egypt, Al-Ahram Weekly, June 10-16, 1999 (Assiut, Deir al-Muharraq, Durunka)
Muriel Allen, Tracing the holy trail, Al-Ahram Weekly, July 8-14, 1999 (English language editor of the RNSAW in 1998-1999) (NEHRA, organizing a procession from Farma to Cairo – not realized – , restoration of Matariya, Abu Serga, Haret Zuweila, Sakha, Musturod, Wadi Natroun, Maadi, campaigns to collect donations)
Dale Gavlak, Restoration goes private – with some government help, Middle East Times, July 18, 1999 (Egyptian businessmen founded the National Egyptian Heritage Revival Association-NEHRA- in an effort to restore historical churches on the route of the Holy Family)
Sherry Gad el-Rab, A walk along the Holy Road, Egyptian Gazette, October 24, 1999 (restoration churches in Old Cairo)
Zahi Hawas, Thoth is burning, Al-Ahram Weekly, November 11-17, 1999 (Tuna Al-Gebel and Ashmunein)
Rehab Saad, Holy Route, Al-Ahram Weekly, November 25-December 1, 1999 (the Ministry of Tourism developed a website about the trail of the Holy Family)
Joshi, Vijay, Holy Travels; Egypt hopes for tourism boost from holy family’s Biblical sojourn, Associated Press, February 21, 2000
Scott Bortot, Religious site needs publicity facelift, in: Middle East Times, February 24-March 1, 2000 (Mattariya)
Kees Hulsman, On The Holy Trail; Egypt prepares for the first pilgrims following the path of the newly restored Holy Family Trail, Egypt Today, June 2000, pp 68-75
Anonymous, Tree That Christians Say Bowed to Jesus Cut Down in Egypt, The Associated Press, January 25, 2001 (the end of the holy tree at Gebel el-Teir)
Kees Hulsman, If a tree falls… , Cairo Times, February 1-7, 2001 (p.11) (the end of the holy tree at Gebel el-Teir)
Cornelis Hulsman, The Refugee Savior. How Egyptian Christians still make room for the Holy Family in: Christianity Today, December 2001 (Cover page article, a background of this article can be found in the RNSAW, 2001, week 51A, art. 12)
Claudia Wiens, Moulid Mania, A journey into the heart of Coptic Egypt, in: Cairo Times, September 6-12, 2001, pages 24-26 (based on a visit organized by Cornelis Hulsman)
Michael Burslem, Our Visit to Sakha and Samannud, February 7th. , 2004, Musings from Cairo, February 8, 2004
Andrew Hammond, Christians evoke Pharaohs in holy family parade, Reuters, July 28, 2002 (report of a Holy Family pilgrimage organized by Kees Hulsman, June 2002, visiting Gebel el-Teir, Sawada and the Holy Family celebration at Deir Abu Hinnis)
Norm Tucker, The Holy Family tradition in Dayr Abu Hinnis; an eyewitness account
Norm Tucker participated in a Holy Family pilgrimage to Dayr Abu Hinnis, June 2002
Michael Burslem, Our Holy Family Pilgrimage to Upper Egypt with visits to Gabel el-Teir, Deir Abu Hinnis, Mallawi and al-Ashmonein, January 30th and 31st 2004, Musings from Cairo, February 3, 2004
Amy Kay, Blazing the Holy Trail, Travel Today Egypt, March/April 2003, pp 69-76 (based on joining Cornelis Hulsman’s group visiting Dayr Abu Hinnis, January 24-25, 2003)
Sherine Nasr, In their footsteps, Al-Ahram Weekly, December 2003 (also listing Arab-West Report as organizing tours).
Michael Burslem, Impressions of Our Holy Family Pilgrimage to the Governorate of Assiut, Deir al-Muharraq, Al-Qussia, Meir, Assiut, Durunka and Sarakna, from Friday, April 2nd to Sunday the 4th, 2004, Musings from Cairo, April 5, 2004
Kees Hulsman, Voor Kopten is Egypte heilig land; Overlevering laat Jozef en Marie een rondreis maken door het land aan de Nijl, Reformatorisch Dagblad, 5 januari 1996
Kees Hulsman, De Vlucht naar Egypte, Terdege, December 1999
Kees Hulsman, In de voetsporen van de Heilige Familie, Katholiek Nieuwsblad, issues 44-47, (before 2002 – Hulsman wrote later more for the same publication)
Popko van Meekeren, In de Voetsporen van de Heilige Familie, Nederlands Dagblad, not dated
4. Sources provided by travel writer Paul Perry
Travel writer Paul Perry provided these titles in 2002, publications used for his own work.
Anonymous, The Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden, Alpha House, Inc., Newfoundland, 1926. Paul Perry “All the gospels, epistles, and other pieces now extant attributed in the first four centuries.” Wikipedia writes this is a collection of 12th-century and 13th-century Latin translations of some Old Testament Pseudepigrapha and New Testament Apocrypha which were assembled in the 1920s, and then republished with the current title in 1996.
Barnstone, Willis (ed), The Other Bible; Ancient Alternative Scriptures, Harper Collins, 1984.
Barnstone is a poet and professor of comparative literature at Indiana University. This book provides a collection of ancient and esoteric texts that were not included in the canon of the Holy Bible.
Hock, Ronald F., The Infancy Gospels of James and Thomas, Polebridge Press in 1995. A book that grew out of Hocks efforts to “make sense of the historically dubious but immensely popular stories of the birth of Jesus in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.” He is a professor of religion at the University of Southern California.
Porter, J.R. The Lost Bible; Forgotten Scriptures Revealed University of Chicago Press, 2001. Porter is professor of theology at the University of Exeter in England. An illustrated book that is an anthology of ancient scriptures that did not become a part of the Jewish or Christian bibles. (Most valuable are the chapters that deal with the infancy gospels.)
Save-Soderbergh, Torgny, Pharaohs and Mortals, Barnes and Noble Books, New York, 1996. Contains information on healing practices of pharaonic physicians as well as information about the Holy Family’s travels to Egypt.
Smith, Morton, PhD, Jesus the Magician, Barnes and Noble Books, 1993. Written by a professor of history at Columbia University in New York. You can go to hell for reading this book.
5. Articles in the AWR database
Articles are placed in chronological order. Between parenthesis the locations or subjects they describe or sometimes other background information.
It is obviously from this list that Egyptian media gave substantial attention to the preparations for the June 1, 2000 millennium celebration. The Coptic Orthodox Church celebrates the Holy Family entered Egypt on June 1 and thus on June 1, 2000, Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda, Egypt’s Minister of Tourism Dr. Mamdouh El-Biltagui and sheikh al-Azhar Sayyed Tantawi gathered in the Holy Virgin Church in Maadi to watch an impressive show on the Nile commemorating the arrival of the Holy Family to Egypt. On the same day the Pope and the Minister opened the newly restored Holy Family garden in Mattariya. Also other locations had been restored prior to this big millennium celebration.
Egyptian media attention continued for a few years. Articles often appeared around celebrations.
The selection criteria of Arab-West Report changed from 2008 onwards and no longer automatically included the Holy Family. Reasons were reduced funds and thus reducing staff. Attention of our own staff continued and thus from this year onwards one finds primarily own work and no longer summery translations from Egyptian media.
Egyptian media attention for the Holy Family tradition has definitely increased since the Minister Hisham Zazou of Tourism organized the Holy Family event on June 1, 2013 and did so again in grander scale on October 21, 2014.
Egypt is a predominantly Muslim country and thus giving so much attention to a Christian tradition was a great show of national unity between Muslims and Christians. The amount of media attention giving to this subject was impressive. Of course Egypt hoped to stimulate Christian tourism to Egypt. This needed restorations of historical locations, improving facilities for food, drinks and sanitary provisions in locations that thus far had not received many tourists if any as well as publicity, both in and outside Egypt. Publicity in Egypt prepared Egyptian public opinion that such tourism is desired and publicity outside Egypt was of course intended to draw tourists to these locations.
We started our work under the name Religious News Service from the Arab World that was renamed Arab-West Report in 2003.