Eastern Christian Theology – Coptic Orthodox

Eastern Christian Theology has developed within different communities. In the Coptic Orthodox community it developed within the Islam Empire, but as the spiritual cradle of Eastern Christianity with Alexandria as the theological and philosophical center of the East. With its roots embedded in the Jewish religious belief the coptic culture also adopted bits and pieces of the Pharaonic culture, but with the belief that God had planted Christianity as a precursor of Christ in this pre-Christian culture from which Jopseph, the Old Testament patriarch harvested and gave symbolically to Moses. This course will once more harvest the waste and rich resources of this ancient culture.

After the course the student is expected to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the timeline of the history of the Coptic Orthodox Church
  • demonstrate understanding of the general themes of theology among the Coptic Orthodox Church fathers and mothers, as well as a deeper insight into the Christological controversies
  • be able to read and interpret patristic texts, with the methods provided in the course
  • be able to make use of patristic resources and historical critical methods

Reservation för revidering av litteraturen.

Meinardus, Otto F. A., 2002. Two Thousand Years of Coptic Christianity. Cairo/New York: The American University in Cairo Press (264 p)

Davis, Stephen J., 2008. Coptic Christology in Practice. Incarnation and Divine Participation in Late Antique and Medieval Egypt, Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press (318 p)

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

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

Schemat finns tillgängligt senast en månad innan kursen startar. Vi rekommenderar inte att du skriver ut schemat eftersom vissa ändringar kan ske.

Öppna schemat

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  • Salstentamen
  • Seminarier

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.

Fastställd av Ämnesföreträdarkollegiet vid Enskilda Högskolan Stockholm den 21 december 2016.

Senast reviderad den 22 februari 2017.