This unit will cover the history of the Coptic Church from its founding by St Mark the Evangelist to the 7th Century AD. Students will learn about the theological contribution of the great Alexandrian fathers of the church such as Clement, Origen, Athanasius and Cyril, and the School of Alexandria. Students will also examine the important roles its Patriarchs and scholars played in the ecumenical Councils until the 5th century. Different forms of monasticism such as the eremitical (Antony) and cenobitic (Pachomious) will be studied. Finally, students will learn about the various eras of persecution in the Coptic Church.
Identify the sources for Coptic Church history in their original languages using basic research skills
Evaluate the contribution of the scholars of the school of Alexandria to Christian thought
Discuss the fathers of Egyptian Monasticism and their ascetic teachings.
Analyse the role of the Coptic Church in the ecumenical councils
Discuss the historical and dogmatic background of the Council of Chalcedon (451AD).
Weekly lectures and class discussions
Essay 2500 Words
Essay 3500 Words
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017
Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-26 14:34:23 +1100