About Mary Farag

MARY FARAG is an Assistant Professor of Early Christian Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary. She received her Ph.D. in Ancient Christianity at Yale University's Department of Religious Studies. Her research project sketched the legal, material, and liturgical history of Christian church buildings in late antiquity, from the time they became legally recognized in the fourth century AD to the sixth century AD. She was a member of the Yale Monastic Archaeology Project, where she worked at excavation sites in Egypt annually.

Mary was born to parents who immigrated to the US from Egypt and are naturalized US citizens. She grew up in Hackensack, NJ.


  • BA in Linguistics, Harvard University
  • MA in Divinity, Yale University
  • PhD in Religious Studies, Yale University

Professional Fields

Work History

  • Assistant Professor of Early Christian Studies, Princeton Theological Seminary

Milestones and Recognition

  • Thomas Cooke Wordin Scholarship (2013-2014)
  • Augusta Hazard Fellowship for Archaeological Study (2012)
  • DAAD Study Scholarship (2009-2010)
  • “Left Behind: A Recent Discovery of Manuscript Fragments in the White Monastery Church,” co-authored with Louise Blanke, Stephen J. Davis, Elizabeth Davidson, Gillian Pyke, and Daniel Schriever, Journal of Coptic Studies 16 (2014): 69-87.
  • “Sale of Wine on Delivery,” in eds., Anne Boud’hors, Alain Delattre, Catherine Louis, and Tonio Sebastian Richter, Coptica Argentoratensia: Textes et documents, Troisième université d’été de papyrologie copte (Strasbourg, 18-25 juillet 2010 (Paris: Éditions de Boccard, 2014), p. 155-158.
  • “The Mosaic Map of Madaba and Late Antique Discourse on Ecclesial Space,” in eds. Diliana Atanassova and Tinatin Chronz, Synaxis Katholike. Beiträge zu Gottesdienst und Geschichte der fünf altkirchlichen Patriarchate für Heinzgerd Brakmann zum 70. Geburtstag (Münster: LIT Verlag, 2014), p. 175-196.
  • “A Shared Prayer over Water in the Eastern Christian Traditions,” in ed. Teresa Berger, Liturgy in Migration: From the Upper Room to Cyberspace (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2012), p. 43-82.
  • “The Anaphora of St. Thomas the Apostle: Translation and Commentary,” Le Muséon 123 (2010): 317-361.
  • “Δύναμις Epicleses: An Athanasian Perspective,” Studia Liturgica 39 (2009): 63-79.

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