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Lois Farag

Lois Farag

Associate Professor of Early Church History

  • Ph.D. (The Catholic University of America)
  • M.Div. (Harvard Divinity School)


Lois Farag joined Luther Seminary in 2005 as assistant professor of Early Church History. Previously she served as adjunct faculty at Ecumenical Institute of Theology, St. Mary's Seminary and University, Baltimore, Md., Trinity College, Washington, D.C., and full time faculty at Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, Md.

Farag received the bachelor of science degree from the American University in Cairo, Egypt, in 1977. She earned her master of divinity from Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Mass., in 1997 and her doctorate from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., in 2003. She also studied as a research fellow at the Institute of Christian Oriental Research, Washington, D.C.

A monastic of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Farag is a frequent lecturer. She authored St. Cyril of Alexandria, A New Testament Exegete: His Commentary on the Gospel of John. Gorgias Press, 2007, and Balance of the Heart, Desert Spirituality of Twenty-First Century Christians, Cascade Publishing, 2012.

She is a member of the North American Patristics Society, American Academy of Religion, Society of Biblical Literature, The Models of Piety in Late Antiquity Research Group.


HC 2330 01 50CHRISTIANS OF MIDDLE EAST - AFRICA Summer Session 2014-2015

An historical examination of Christians in the Middle East and Africa. Key figures, ecclesial expressions, theological disputes, biblical interpretations, cultural expressions, and interactions with their social, political, and religious worlds will be discussed. Special attention will be given to theologies of mission, and the ways in which this is lived out in their churches. Fulfills CCME or Missions. June 15, 2015-July 5, 2015 - Pre-work Session July 6, 2015-July 17, 2015 - Online Intensive Session 2 required webinar meetings in Adobe Connect will be held from 7-8 pm on Friday July 10 and 17, 2015. July 18, 2015-July 22, 2015 - Post-work Session

HC 0315 01CHRISTIANITY TO 1400- CONF CHRIST Spring Semester 2014-2015

An examination of how Christians have embodied, understood and confessed their faith from its beginnings to the eve of the Western Reformation. This course considers the challenges of confessing the Christian faIth and pays particular attention to how disputes over orthodoxy, heresy, society, culture, and politics have affected and been affected by missional concerns during the formative years of Christianity. Attention will be given to the diverse Christan expressions as they began and developed in different parts of the ancient world of Asia, Africa and Europe.

HC 1333 01 F6DESERT SPIRITUALITY FOR 21ST CENT Spring Semester 2014-2015

An introduction to the spirituality and literature of the early men and women who lived in the Egyptian desert. Special attention will be given to their teachings on topics including following Christ, reading scripture, prayer, and living a Christian life; and their past and present spiritual influence on the Church in East and West.

HC 2326 01THE BIBLE IN THE EARLY CHURCH Spring Semester 2014-2015

An examination of the content, context, and methods of early church biblical commentaries and homilies and how these early Christian leaders and preachers interpreted and proclaimed scripture to the churches they served.

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