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There are various Coptic dialects; the first and oldest being the Upper Egyptian dialect known as Sahidic. It was this dialect that the Biblical texts were translated to in the 3rd century, and early Egyptian monastic texts and Coptic martyrologies were first composed. This unit will study vocabulary and grammar of Sahidic Coptic, as well as explore some of the various sources of Sahidic.

Unit code: AL1300A

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Languages

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning outcomes

1.

Recognise and memorise foundational Sahidic Coptic vocabulary

2.

Read Coptic script and phonetic structure

3.

Identify Coptic grammatical structures at an elementary level

4.

Compare the differences between Bohairic and Sahidic dialects within the same text

5.

Integrate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in reading and/or writing simple Coptic texts

Pedagogy

Lectures, Seminars and Tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • Crum, W. E. 1939 Coptic Dictionary, Oxford (various reprints since, including Oxford 1999 and Wipf & Stock Publishers 2005).
  • Lambdin, T. O., 1992. Introduction to Sahidic Coptic, Macon
  • Layton, B. 2000 A Coptic Grammar. Wiesbaden 2000 (2nd ed. Wiesbaden 2004).
  • Plumley, J.M. 1948 An Introductory Coptic Grammar (Sahidic Dialect), London: Home & Van Thal.
  • Reintges, C. 2004 Coptic Egyptian (Sahidic Dialect). A Learner's Grammar. Köln. Shisha-Halevy, A. 1986 *Coptic Grammatical Categories. Structural Studies in the Syntax of Shenoutean Sahidic. Roma.

Assessment

Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Written Examination

Invigilated Exam 1 hour

0 30.0
Written Examination

Invigilated Exam 1 hour

0 30.0
Essay

8 short reading and written exercises (Equivalent to 1500 words)

0 40.0
Approvals

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

Unit record last updated: 2019-01-29 14:48:02 +1100