The Catholic University of America

   Dr. Janet A. Timbie

Dr. Janet A. Timbie (Adjunct Assoc. Prof.; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) has taught in the Semitics Dept. since 2002, and has also collaborated with the Center for the Study of Early Christianity.
Her areas of interest include Coptic language and literature, the origins of monasticism, and the history of the Christian Near East. Her research focuses on 4th-5th c. Coptic monastic texts, with particular emphasis on the interpretation of scripture in those texts.



SEM 681/682 Introduction to Coptic Studies
SEM 683 (summer) Intensive Coptic
SEM 781/782 Readings in Coptic
SEM 503, 703 History of the Christian Near East (with Prof. Aaron Butts)


Oxford Patristics Conference, 2015: "'Pay for Our Sins': A Shared Theme in the Pachomian Koinonia and the White Monastery Federation."
St. Shenouda-UCLA Conference, 2014: "The State of Research on Shenoute of Atripe, 2009-2014: What Can We Learn from the Edition and Translation of Canon 8."
North American Patristics Society Annual Meeting, 2014: "The Founding of the Red Monastery: Biblical Imagery and Language."
International Association for Coptic Studies Congress, 2012: "Meleta and Monastic Formation."





Co-editor, The Christian Moses (Washington, DC: CUA Press, in preparation).
Co-editor, The World of Early Egyptian Christianity (Washington, DC: CUA Press, 2007).

 Journal Articles and Book Chapters

"Shenoute Addresses the Misplaced Confidence of Monks and Other Christians: Interpretation of Romans 9 and 11 in Discourses Book 8," Labor Omnia Uicit Improbus. Miscellanea in honorem Ariel Shisha-Halevy, ed. N. Bosson et al. OLA 256 (Leuven: Peeters, 2017), 355-372.

"Education of Shenoute," Education and Religion in Late Antiquity, ed. Peter Gemeinhardt et al. (New York: Routledge, 2016), 34-46.

"Shenoute of Atripe," Wiley Blackwell Companion to Patristics, ed. Ken Parry (Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2015), 184-196.

"Jesus and Shenoute: From 'Christless Piety' to "Those Who Have Christ'," Coptica 13 (2014): 1-9.

"Writing Rules and Quoting Scripture in Early Coptic Monastic Texts," in Ascetic Culture. Essays in Honor of Philip Rousseau, ed. Blake Leyerle and Robin Darling Young (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2013), 29-49.

"The Interpretation of the Solomonic Books in Coptic Monastic Texts: 'Reading' Community," in Christianity in Egypt: Literary Production and Intellectual Trends. Studies in Honor of Tito Orlandi, ed. Paola Buzi and Alberto Camplani (Rome: Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, 2011), 501-512.