This unit introduces the student to the basic morphology, syntax, basic grammar and vocabulary of Coptic language (Bohairic dialect). Throughout the unit selected Coptic texts will be studied from Coptic liturgical books and the Bible.

Unit code: AL1200A

Unit status: Archived (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Languages

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning outcomes


Read selected elementary texts written in the Coptic language.


Demonstrate a basic understanding of the morphology and syntax of the Coptic language


Attain a basic level of Coptic vocabulary and sentence formation


Demonstrate an ability to use the Coptic Dictionary


Lectures and seminars

Indicative Bibliography

  • = set texts recommended for purchase

  • Crum, W. E. A Coptic Dictionary. Oxford: New York: Oxford University Press, 1990.*

  • Daoud, Mouawad. A Coptic Dictionary, Coptic-Arabic, 2ed. Edition, Cairo 2000.

  • Horner, G. The Coptic Version of the New Testament in the Northern Dialect. 4 vols. London,: Clarendon Press, 1969.

  • Labib, Qladius., ed. The book of Annual Psalmody according to the Coptic Church, Cairo 1991.

  • Mallon, Alexis, and Boulos Ayad. Coptic Grammar = Grammaire Copte. Boulder, Colo.: Boulos Ayad, 2004.*


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Written Examination

Invigilated Exam One 1 hour written examination

0 30.0

Written Assessment Task 8 short reading and written exercises - to a total of 1600 words

0 40.0
Written Examination

Invigilated Exam One 1 hour written examination

0 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2022-10-31 15:50:23 +1100