Samuel Peter Cook

Postdoctoral Fellow - Fagseksjonen
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Visiting address Blindernveien 9 Domus Theologica 0371 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1023 Blindern 0315 Oslo

Academic Interests

My research interests lie primarily in scribal practices and the use of the Coptic language in texts from Early Islamic Egypt. I have focused mainly on legal and administrative documents; however, my current work on the APOCRYPHA project deals with apocryphal texts ranging from the fourth to the thirteenth century. In particular, I am studying the way in which apocrypha were transcribed, transmitted, and received by their audiences in the shifting social-cultural environment of Late Antiquity and the Islamic period.


From 2016 to 2020, I was a casual tutor and lecturer for the undergraduate Coptic course at Macquarie University, Sydney. From 2016 to 2018, I taught Coptic at the Macquarie Ancient Language School (MALS).


  • 2016-2019: PhD in Ancient History, Macquarie University, Sydney
  • 2014-2015: Masters of Research in Ancient History, Macquarie University
  • 2013: Graduate Certificate of Arts in Egyptology, Macquarie University
  • 2012-2013: Diploma of Ancient Languages, Macquarie University
  • 2007-2009: Bachelor of Communication Studies in Journalism, Western Sydney University

Past society memberships:

  • 2013-2016: Rundle Foundation for Egyptian Archaeology, part of the Australian Centre for Egyptology.
  • 2016-2019: Society for the Study of Early Christianity (SSEC).
  • 2017-2019: Australian Linguistic Society (ALS).
  • 2018-2019: Australian Society of Classical Studies (ASCS).
Tags: History of Religions, Christian Apocryphal Literature, Coptic Christianity, Manuscript Studies, Papyrology, Coptic


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