The Interpretations of the Theotokias by the Patriarch John ibn Qiddis

St Athanasius College are delighted to announce the publication of a new book by a member of academic staff, Associate Professor Youhanna Youssef.

Associate Professor Youssef has published more than a dozen books in English, French and Arabic languages, within the fields of Coptic Studies, Christian Arabic Studies, Patristics, Church history, Byzantine Studies as well as Art History.

About the book

The theotokias are prayers dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God (Theotokos). In the early fourteenth century, the Patriarch of the Coptic Church, Ibn Qiddis, composed and paraphrased – in Coptic – the Theotokias. His work has only survived in a single manuscript. This book introduces the author, John Ibn Qiddis, his liturgical, pastoral, and literary activities, and the Coptic language of his time, followed by the texts and an English translation.


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