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

Unit code: AL8200A

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Languages

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning outcomes


Recognize and memorize foundational Coptic Boharic vocabulary


Explore relevant grammatical and lexical reference tools


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


Read simple Coptic Boharic texts


Form basic sentences in Coptic Boharic


Lectures, classroom discussion, guided reading from set texts, additional reading resources and notes

Indicative Bibliography

  • Crum, W. E. A Coptic Dictionary. Oxford: New York: Oxford University Press, 1990. (recommended for purchase)
  • 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. (recommended for purchase)


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Written Examination

Invigilated Exam 1.5 hours

0 25.0
Written Examination

Invigilated Exam 1.5 hours

0 25.0

Written Assessment Task – Exercises 3000 words

3000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:50 +1000