This unit builds upon AL8300A which introduced students to the vocabulary and grammar of Sahidic Coptic, as well as introduced some of the various sources of Sahidic. This unit (AL9300A) now consolidates students’ knowledge of the Sahidic Coptic language through a study of a range of Sahidic texts.

Unit code: AL9300A

Unit status: Approved (Minor revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Languages

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning outcomes


Recognise and memorise Coptic vocabulary


Assess the grammar required for the translation of Coptic texts appropriate to level of study


Demonstrate command of the morphology and syntax of the Coptic texts studied


Integrate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in reading and writing Coptic texts


Explore and appraise relevant grammatical and lexical reference tools


Analyse the significance of Coptic for the study of relevant ancient cultures

Unit sequence

Pre-requisite: successful completion of AL8300A (Coptic language: Sahidic I)


12 weekly sessions online. Each session consists of the teacher's multi-media lessons augmented by the set texts, online quizzes and tasks. The unit will include 12 weekly live zoom tutorials with the lecturer.

Indicative Bibliography

Crum, W. E. A Coptic Dictionary. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1939 (various reprints since, including Oxford 1999 and Wipf & Stock Publishers 2005).

Lambdin, T. O. Introduction to Sahidic Coptic. Macon: Mercer University Press, 1992. (2nd edition)

Layton, B. Coptic in 20 Lessons: Introduction to Sahidic Coptic with Exercises and Vocabularies. Leuven: Peeters Publishers, 2007.

Plumley, J.M. An Introductory Coptic Grammar (Sahidic Dialect). London: Home & Van Thal., 1948.

Reintges, C. Coptic Egyptian (Sahidic Dialect). A Learner's Grammar. Köln: Verlag, 2004.

Smith, Richard. A Concise Coptic-English Lexicon. Society of Biblical Literature; 2 edition, 1999.

An excellent online reference tool is available at:


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Multiple Choice Quizzes or Tests

8 tests/exercises due throughout the semester.

2300 30.0
Short Answer Tests

Short answers/vocabulary/grammar

2300 30.0
Written Examination 2500 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 30 Sep, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-09-30 08:59:51 +1000