Eastern Christian Liturgies

Eastern Christianity comprises a variety of liturgical traditions, sometimes vastly different. The course takes a closer look on common traits from the Early Church and compares the different historical developments of the liturgies. Particular attention is given to the relationship between time and eternity as well as matter and spirit. The students will specialize on one of four liturgical traditions: Coptic Orthodox, Tewahedo Orthodox, Syriac Orthodox, or Byzantine Orthodox, and choose one of the alternatives in addition to the shared literature.

At the end of the course, the student is expected to be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of how the liturgy has developed historically in East with a particular emphasis on one of the liturgical traditions
  • show an understanding of the general themes of spirituality and sacramental theology in one of the traditions
  • be able to compare various liturgical traditions in Eastern Christianity
  • be able to make use of hermeneutical methods in connection to liturgical studies

Reservation för revidering av litteraturen.

  • Naguib, Amal Saphinaz, 2008. , Survivals of Pharaonic Religious Practices in Contemporary Coptic Christianity. . I: , Survivals of Pharaonic Religious Practices in Contemporary Coptic Christianity. 1. UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology, 1(1). S. 4 (4 s.) (tillgänglig online)

  • Rubenson, Samuel , 1996. The transition from Coptic to Arabic in the literature of the Church. I: Les langues en Égypte 1. 1. S. 13 (9 s.) (tillgänglig online)

  • Taft, Robert , 1986. The Liturgy of the Hours in East and West: The Origins of the Divine Office and Its Meaning for Today. 2 uppl. Collegeville Minnesota: Liturgical Press. (347 s.)

  • Youssef, Joseph, 2013. “From the Blood of St. Mina to the Martyrs of Maspero: Commemoration, Identity, and Social Memory in the Coptic Orthodox Church”,. I: Journal of the Canadian Society for Coptic Studies 5. S. 12 (12 s.)

  • Dagmawi, Andualem , 2009. Theosis. Some ideas of Deification as reflected throughout the Ethiopic Divine Liturgy. I: Collecteana Christiana Orientalia 6. S. 22 (22 s.)

  • Fritsch, Emmanuel , 1999. The Liturgical Year and the Lectionary of the Ethiopian Church. Introduction to the Temporal. I: Warszawskie Studia Teologiczne 6. 12. S. 46 (46 s.)

  • Gebru , Mebratu Kiros, 2012. LITURGICAL COSMOLOGY: THE THEOLOGICAL AND SACRAMENTAL DIMENSIONS OF CREATION IN THE ETHIOPIAN LITURGY. Faculty of Theology of Emmanuel College and the Department of Theology of the Toronto School of Theology. S. 100 (100 s.) (tillgänglig online)

  • Girma, Mohammed, 2010. “Whose Meaning? The Wax and Gold Tradition as a Philosophical Foundation for an Ethiopian Hermeneutic. I: Sophia 50. S. 13 (13 s.)

  • Loosley, Emma, 2012. The Architecture and Liturgy of the Bema in Fourth- To-Sixth-Century Syrian Churches (Texts and Studies in Eastern Christianity). Leiden South Holland : Brill Academic Publishers. (120 s.)

  • Varghese, Baby, 2004. West Syrian Liturgical Theology (Liturgy, Worship and Society Series). 1 uppl. Oxford & New York: Routledge Taylor and Francis Group. (172 s.)

  • Ray, Walter, 2012. Tasting Heaven on Earth. Worship in Sixth-Century Constantinople. Grand Rapids Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. (151 s.)

  • Taft, Robert, 1992. The Byzantine Rite: A Short History (American Essays in Liturgy). Collegeville Minnesota: Liturgical Press. (80 s.)

  • Getcha, Job , 2012. The Typikon Decoded: An Explanation of Byzantine Liturgical Practice. Crestwood New York: St Vladimir's Seminary Press. (313 s.)

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

Öppna schemat

Grant White

Teol. dr, högskolelektor



A = Framstående, B = Mycket bra, C = Bra, D = Tillfredsställande, E = Tillräcklig, Fx = Otillräcklig, komplettering möjlig, F = Otillräcklig


  • Salstentamen
  • Seminarier

General requirements for university studies.
30 credits in Theology, including cours Eastern Christian Liturgics 7,5 credits, or equivalent.

Fastställd av Ämnesföreträdarkollegiet vid Enskilda Högskolan Stockholm den 20 december 2017.