Themes of interpretation of the doctrinal and symbolic texts in the Orthodox Church II

Course Information
TitleΘΕΜΑΤΑ ΕΡΜΗΝΕΙΑΣ ΤΩΝ ΔΟΓΜΑΤΙΚΩΝ & ΣΥΜΒΟΛΙΚΩΝ ΚΕΙΜΕΝΩΝ ΤΗΣ ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΟΥ ΕΚΚΛΗΣΙΑΣ Β΄ / Themes of interpretation of the doctrinal and symbolic texts in the Orthodox Church II
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorChristos Filiotis-Vlachavas
Course ID60002708

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
The theological deeping on the doctrines of the Orthodox Church, in conjunction with issues posed by contemporary theological investigation of the respective periods, makes the student able to synthesize data so it can assume original theological research. b) The emergence of the unity of faith and ecclesial Tradition in the variety of manifestations of the varied historical and textual environment enhances the uptake data, so the student can become capable of producing primary research through the use of theological sources combined with contemporary literature.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Systematic interpretation of dogmatic and symbolic texts of the Orthodox Church of the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Ecumenical Councils. 1. The Anthologia of the Ecumenical Councils, 2-4. The sources of the Terms (Oroi) of Ecumenical Councils, 3-6. The structure of Forms of Ecumenical Councils, 7-9. Example of the Oros of Chalcedon. The survival of the ecclesiastical tradition. 10-12. The theological composition of St. John Damascene. 13. Recruitment of conciliar forms of the Church.
Dogmatic Florigentia. Oroi of the Ecumenical Synods, Council of Chalcedon, St. John Damascenus.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Multimedia
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities
Written assigments
Student Assessment
Written problem solving. Written work. Oral examination.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
  • Report (Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Ματσούκα Ν., Δογματική και Συμβολική Θεολογία, τόμ. Α´, Β′ και Γ´, εκδ. Πουρναρά, Θεσσαλονίκη 2005, 2009. AΛIBIZATOY, A. Σ., Oι ιεροί κανόνες και οι εκκλησιαστικοd νόμοι (Bιβλιοθήκη Aποστολικής Διακονίας 19), εν Aθήναις 1949. CONSTANTELOS, D. J. - NISSIOTIS, N. A. - VERGHESE, T. P., Papers and Discussions between Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Theologians, The Bristol Consultation, (July 25 - 29, 1967), The Greek Orthodox Theological Review 13: 2 (1968), Brookline (Mass.). HAHN, A., Bibliothek der Symbole und Glaubensregeln der Alten Kirche, Hildesheim 1962. JOANNOU, P. - P., Les canons des conciles oekuméniques, in FONTI IX, Discipline generale antique (Pontificia commissione per la redazione del codice di diritto canonico orientale), Grottaferrata (Roma) 1962. ETTLINGER, G. H., Theodoret of Cyrus Eranistes, Critical Text and Prolegomena, Oxford 1975. FREND W. H. C., The Rise of the Monophysite Movement, Chapters in the History of the Church in the Fifth and Sixth Centuries, Cambridge 1972. GEBREMEDHIN, E., Life - Giving Blessing, An Inquiry into the Eucharistic Doctrine of Cyril of Alexandria (Dissert.), Uppsala 1977. GEERARD, M., Clavis Patrum Graecorum (Corpus Chrsianorum) (Brepols) Turnhout 1979, τόμ. 3. GERHARDS A. - BRAKMANN H., Die Koptische Kirche, Einführung in das ägyptische Christentum (Kohlhammer Urban - Taschenbücher 451), Stutt-gart - Berlin - Löln 1994. GRAY, P. T. R., The Defense of Chalcedon in the East (451 - 553), (Studies in the History of Christian Thought 20), Leiden (E. J. Brill) 1979. GRILLMEIER, A., Christ in Christian Tradition, τόμ. I., From the Apostolic Age to Chalcedon (451), London - Oxford 1965. GRILLMEIER, A., - BACHT, H., Das Konzil von Chalkedon, Geschichte und Gegenwart, Bd I, Der Glaube von Chalkedon, Würzburg 1951. -, Das Konzil von Chalkedon, Geschichte und Gegenwart, Bd II, Entscheidung um Chalkedon, Würzburg 1953. -, Das Konzil von Chalkedon, Geschichte und Gegenwart, Bd III, Chalkedon heute, Würzburg 1954.KERRIGAN, A., St. Cyril of Alexandria Interpreter of the Old Testament (Analecta Biblica 3), Roma 1952. KIRCHSCHLÄGER, R. - STIRNEMANN, A., Chalzedon und die Folgen, Festschrift Bischof Mesrob K. KRIKORIAN, (PRO ORIENTE Bd XIV), Wien 1992. LAGA, C. - MUNITIZ, J. A. - ROMPAY, L. van, After Chalcedon, Studies in Theology and Church History offered to Prof. A. van ROEY, (Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 18, U. Peeters) Leuven 1985. LEROY, F. J., L' Homilétique de Proclus de Constantinople. Tradition manuscrite, inédits, études connexes (Studi e Testi 247), Città del Vaticano 1967. LIÉBAERT, J., La doctrine christologique de Saint Cyrille d’ Alexandrie avant la querelle Nestorienne (Mémoires et Travaux des Facultés Catholiques de Lille 58), Lille 1951. MacGUCKIN, J. A.,St. Cyrill of Alexandria, The Christological Controversy, Its History, Theology, and Texts, (E. J. Brill) Leiden - N. York - Köln 1994. MALLEY, W. J., Hellenism and Christianity, The Conflict between Hellenic and Christian Wisdom in the Contra Galilaeos of Julian the Apostate and the Contra Julianum of St. Cyril of Alexandria (Analecta Gregoriana 210), Roma 1978. MENEBIΣOΓΛOY, Π. (Mητρ.), Iστορική Eισαγωγή εις τους κανόνας της Oρθοδόξου Eκκλησίας, Στοκχόλμη 1990. MURPHY, F. X. - SHERWOOD, P., Konstantinopel II und III (Geschichte der ökumenischen Konzilien III), Mainz 1990. NISSIOTIS, N., - VERGHESE, P., The Third and Fourth Consultations between Eastern Orthodox Theologians, The Geneva Consultation (16 - 21 August 1970), and the Addis Ababa Consultations (22 - 23 January 1971), The Greek Orthodox Theological Review 16: 1 - 2 (1971), Brookline (Mass.). OORT, J. van - ROLDANUS, J., Chalkedon: Geschichte und Aktualität, Studien zur Rezeption der christologischen Formel von Chalkedon, (Peeters) Leuven 1997 - 1998. OTTO, S., Person und Subsistenz, Die Philosophische Anthropologie des Leontios von Byzanz, Ein Beitrag zur spätantiken Geistesgeschichte, München 1968.
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