Course

Eastern Christian Theology – Syriac Orthodox

Eastern Christian Theology has developed within different communities. In the Syrian Orthodox community it was a cultural meeting between the Syriac/semitic cultural world and the Hellenic world. With its roots embedded in the Jewish religious belief the syriac culture flourished in Near East Asia, which created great Church fathers as Ephrem the Syrian. In the shadow of the Empire the Christological conflicts and the use of Jacob Baradeus as an instrument of intervention in the Persian Empire made the Syriac Orthodox Church a church in opposition to the Imperial Byzantine Church but yet strongly Hellenized in the seventh century by fathers such as Jacob of Edessa.

The course literature may be subject to revision.

Hovorun, Cyril, 2008. Will, Action and Freedom: Christological Controversies in the Seventh Century. Leiden/Boston: Brill (203 p)
Available as eBook via EbscoHost for students and staff.

Menze, Volker L., 2008. Justinian and the Making of the Syrian Orthodox Church, Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press (306 p)
Available as eBook via EbscoHost for students and staff at THS.

Michelson, David A., 2014. The Practical Christology of Philoxenos of Mabbug, Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press (212 p)
Available as eBook via EbscoHost for students and staff at THS.

Selected primary texts in translations (200 p) or in Greek/Syriac (100 p)

The schedule is available at the latest one month before the course starts. We do not recommend that you print the schedule as some changes may happen.

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Abate Gobena

Teol. dr

abate.gobena@sanktignatios.org

Grades

A = Excellent, B = Very good, C = Good, D = Satisfactory, E = Sufficient, Fx = Insufficient, F = Insufficient

Examination Format

  • Seminars
  • Written examination

60 credits in Theology, including 30 credits from Introductory courses, and the courses Text, Context and Interpretation of life 15 credits, and History of Eastern Christianity (Intermediate level) 7,5 credits or equivalent.

Alternatively: 60 credits in Theology: Theology, introductory courses, 30 credits, the courses Text, kontext och livstolkning/Text, Context and Interpretation of life 15 credits and Teologi, religion och kyrka i Sverige/Theology, Religion and Churches in Sweden 15 hp, or eqvivalent.

Established by Subject Representative College at Enskilda Högskolan Stockholm on December 21, 2016.

Last revised on February 22, 2017.