Coptic in 20 Lessons: Introduction to Sahidic Coptic With Exercises and Vocabularies

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Coptic in 20 Lessons is written by the author of the most authoritative reference grammar of the Coptic language, and is based on decades of pedagogical experience. In easy steps and simple explanations, it teaches the patterns and syntax of Sahidic Coptic, along with the most useful vocabulary. Drills, compositions, and translation exercises enable the student to gain fluency. All words that occur more than fifty times in the Sahidic New Testament are introduced lesson by lesson in vocabulary lists, which are arranged by semantic field and accompanied by both Greek equivalents and English glosses. The book concludes with three chapters of the Gospel of Mark, in which all new vocabulary is glossed in footnotes. Coptic in 20 Lessons is the ideal resource for use in the classroom or for teaching oneself Coptic. Critical acclaim for this book: "Coptic in 20 Lessons is the up-to-date teaching grammar that Coptic studies has long needed. ... There is no better way to learn Coptic." David Brakke, Indiana University "Layton brings to this book a life-long experience of teaching, combined with the authority of his masterly Coptic Grammar, arguably the best grammar of Sahidic Coptic ever written, from which the present work is distilled... A state-of-the-art account." Ariel Shisha-Halevy, Hebrew University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789042918108
  • Publisher: Peeters Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword     vii
Coptic. The Alphabet. Regular Replacements. Simplifications. Abbreviations     1
Articles and What They Express. Noun. Proper Noun. Omission of Article. Article Phrase. 'And', 'Or', and 'Of'     13
Possessive Article. Simple Nominal Sentence     24
Adjective. Attributive Construction. Adjectival Predicate     32
Nominal Sentences with Three Members     38
Specifiers. Cardinal and Ordinal Numbers     45
Preposition. Personal Suffixes. Possessed Noun. Compound Preposition. Combinative Adverb     51
Possessive Pronoun. Survey of Articles and Pronouns     60
Durative Sentence. Infinitive and Stative. Adjectival Meaning. Comparative and Superlative. Direct Object. Additional Predicate after a Direct Object. Ingressive     67
Non-durative Conjugation: Main Clause Conjugation Bases. 'To Be' in Coptic     79
Bound States of the Infinitive. Direct Object Constructions, Compound Infinitives. Imperative. Vocative     86
Non-durative Conjugation: Subordinate Clause Conjugation Bases. Inflected Modifier. Some Stylistic Devices     98
Causative Infinitive. Verboids. 'To Have'. Dynamic Passive     108
Impersonal Predicates. The Four Conversions. Preterit Conversion. How Conversion Works     117
Asyndetic Connection of Clauses. Adverb. Circumstantial Conversion     130
Relative Conversion     140
Relative Conversion (Continued)     147
Focalizing Conversion     154
Cleft Sentence. Reported Discourse and Thought     164
Conditional Sentences. Purpose and Result. Correlated Comparison     170
Chrestomathy: The Gospel of Mark, Chapters One to Three     177
Reference List of Coptic Forms     187
Subject Index     201
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