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

Course Information
TitleΘΕΜΑΤΑ ΕΡΜΗΝΕΙΑΣ ΤΩΝ ΔΟΓΜΑΤΙΚΩΝ & ΣΥΜΒΟΛΙΚΩΝ ΚΕΙΜΕΝΩΝ ΤΗΣ ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΟΥ ΕΚΚΛΗΣΙΑΣ Α΄ / Themes of interpretation of the doctrinal and symbolic texts in the Orthodox Church I
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorVasileios Tsigkos
Course ID60002704

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodWinter
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
  • Distance learning
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to conduct independent research: 1. on the historical and theological texts of the first century AD, and to participate in review issue, 2. to search the conciliar texts of the Church's life in an original scientific way 3. to interpret the dialogue of the Orthodox Church with the philosophy and the social environment in which stood ecclesiastical institutions, 4. to have theological arguments in inter-Christian and inter-religious dialogue, compose the tradition of the Orthodox Church with the data of the modern world.
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 1st and 2nd Ecumenical Councils.Joint examination of texts, hagiographical and fathers as sources of the Creed. Investigation of historical and cultural environment in which emerged the first church communities: the role of Ioudaism and Hellenism in the life of the early Church. The role of the emperors and the imperial cult in the formation of the Christian state. The beginnings of the Church as adorable community. The beginnings of the inter-religious dialogue. Topics of research: 1-2. Historical context of the early Church, 3-4. The Roman state and the operation of the city, 5. Imperial cult, 6. Synagogue and Judaism 7. Beginnings of church worship, 8. Sources of the Creed, 9. Sects 10-12. Baptismal forms in patristic texts, 13. Development of the literature in the original investigation of the Creed.
Orthodox churche, Dogma, Judaism and Christianity, Byzantium. Ecumenical Councils.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Multimedia
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Laboratory Work
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)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
  • Report (Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
ALBERIGO, G. (A. MELLONI - L. PERRONE - U. PROCH - M. VENARD - J. WOHLMUTH - P. YANNOPOULOS), Geschichte der Konzilien, Vom Nicaenum bis zum Vaticanum II, (Patmos) Düsseldorf 1993. Ματσούκα Ν., Δογματική και Συμβολική Θεολογία, τόμ. Α´, Β′ και Γ´, εκδ. Πουρναρά, Θεσσαλονίκη 2005, 2009. TORRANCE TH., The Trinitarian Faith. The Evangelical Theology of the Ancient Catholic Church, Edinburg 1988. 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. BINDLEY, T.H. - GREEN, F. W., The Oecumenical Documents of the Faith, London 1950. DINSEN, F., Homoousios. Die Geschichte des Begriffs bis zum konzil von Konstantinopel (381), Kiel 1976. DRAGAS, G. D., Athanasiana (Essays in the Theology of Saint Athanasius), London 1980. FLOROVSKY, G., Aspects of Church History, Befmont (Mass) 1975. GREER, R. A., The Captain of our Salvation, a Study in the patristic Exegesis of Hebrews, Tübin-gen 1973. GREGG, R. A. - GROH, D. E., Early Arianism: A View of Salvation, Philadelphia 1981. HAHN, A., Bibliothek der Symbole und Glaubens-regeln der alten Kirche (ανατ.), Hildesheim 1962. KAPMIPH, I., Tά δογματικά καί συμβολικά μνημεία της Oρθοδόξου Kαθολικής Eκκλησίας, Aθήναι 19602. KELLY, J. N. D., Early christian Creeds, London 1972. KOPECEK, T. A., A History of Neo - Arianism (Patristic Monograph Series 8), Tόμ. 2, Cambridge (Mass.). 1979. LIALIOU, D. ATH., Greek Philosophy and Christian Tradition in St. Gregory of Nazianzus, Unity - Triplicity, (διδ. διατρ.), St. Andrews University 1981. LIEZMANN, H., Symbole der alten Kirche (kleine Texte 17/18), Berlin 1931. LORENZ, R., Arius judaizans? Untersuchungen zur dog-mengeschichtlichen Einordnung des Arius, Göttingen 1980. MÜHLENBERG, E., Apollinaris von Laodicea (Forschung zur Kirchen und Dogmengeschichte 23), Göttingen 1969. POLLARD, T. E., Johannine Christology and the Early Church, Cambridge 1970. QUASTEN, J., Patrology, I - II: Utrecht 1950, III West-minster 1963. RITTER, A. - M., Das Konzil von Konstantinopel und sein Symbol, Göttingen 1965. SCHLOSSMANN, S., Persona und Πρόσωπον im Recht und im christlichen Dogma, Darmastadt 1968. TURNER, H.E.W., The Pattern of Christian Truth, A Study in the Relations between Orthodoxy and Heresy in the Early Church, London 1954. WICKERT, U., Sacramentum unitatis. Ein Beitrag zum Verständis der Kirche bei Kyprian, Berlin 1971.
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