An exploration of the liturgical traditions of various regions and communities in Egypt in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages through a close reading of sources in translation. In this course, students are exposed to the diversity in liturgical prayers and practices in the Egyptian liturgical realm, including sources from Northern Egypt, Southern Egypt, Scetis, Sinai, as well as both Coptic and Melkite texts. Emphasis is placed on the diversity of liturgical expression and unity of theology across various regions and communities.

Unit Code: DL2450A

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Liturgy

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning Outcomes


Discuss the historical context of Egyptian Christianity in late antiquity and the middle ages in which the Egyptian liturgical traditions flourished.


Examine primary sources of the liturgies of Egypt


Engage in informed reflection on the diversity of liturgical expression practised throughout Egypt in different regions, epochs and across communities.


Evaluate theological themes found in the various liturgical texts of Egyptian provenance in relation to their historical and dogmatic milieu.

Unit sequence

An intermediate unit in Coptic Liturgy. An introductory unit in Coptic Liturgy is recommended but not required


The unit will engage students in analysis and theological reflection through the presentation of lectures, readings and engaging discussion


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

1000 word forum

1000 25.0

1000 word essay

1000 25.0

2000 word essay

2000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 5 Sep, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-23 14:28:54 +1000