Apochryphal Christian Texts: their Biblical Origins and their Hymnological and Hagiographical Reception

Course Information
TitleΑπόκρυφα χριστιανικά κείμενα: Βιβλικές καταβολές και πρόσληψη στα υμνολογικά και αγιολογικά κείμενα / Apochryphal Christian Texts: their Biblical Origins and their Hymnological and Hagiographical Reception
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorAikaterini Tsalampouni
Course ID600015701

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
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)
  • French (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
With the successful completion of the course student will be able to: 1) recognize, describe, and compare the main features of the extra-canonical texts 2) trace down, evaluate and comment on the process of reception of these texts by the hagiographic and hymnological texts 3) to discern and describe the theological elements of the extra-canonical texts and the ways that these elements are adapted in the theology of the hagiographic and hymnological texts
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Students will be introduced to some significant extra-canonical ancient Christian texts, will study the procedures of redaction and diffusion and will investigate their reception in hagiographic and hymnological texts of the ancient Church: 1. Introduction: content, aim of the course, assignments, bibliography 2. Apocrypha and Church tradition, history of research 3. Apocrypha and Christian worship 4. The circulation of apocryphal texts about Virgin Mary and the Apostles in Byzantium. Their adoption in the hagiographic collection of liturgical use 5. The reception of apocrypha in hagiographic works of Byzantine authors: the case of Nicetas David Paphlagon 6. The Protevangelium of James: content, text tradition, biblical influences 7. The Protevangelium of James and its influence on the hagiographic literature and hymnography about Virgin Mary: common vocabulary and ideas 8. Apocrypha on Mary's Dormition: content, text tradition, biblical influences 9. Apocrypha on Mary's Dormition: their influence on the hagiographic literature and hymnography about Virgin Mary 10. Apocryphal Acts of Thecla and Paul: text history and biblical influences 11. Apocryphal Acts of Thecla and Paul: Thecla in hagiographic tradition 12. Apocryphal Acts of the Andrew and John: text history, biblical influences 13. Apocryphal Acts of Apostles and their impact on the Byzantine hagiographic literature and hymnography: the case of the Acts of Andrew and John
apocrypha, New Testament, hymnology, hagiology, reception
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Use of audio-visual tools in the process of teaching (especially powerpoint and video clips). Supplementary material, additional data and exercises / tests on Blackboard. Communication and research counseling through e-mails
Course Organization
Reading Assigment351.4
Written assigments251
Student Assessment
- Written assignment on a topic related to the course. The topics will be announced on the webpage on blackboard. The written assignment must conform to the rules of a written essay as they are described in the document that will be uploaded on the webpage on elearning(50% of the final grade) - Oral examination (40% of the final grade) - Oral presentation of the assignment (10% of the final grade)
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Additional bibliography for study
Γ. ΒΕΡΓΩΤΗΣ, «H Θεομητορική λατρεία και τα Απόκρυφα», Γρηγόριος Παλαμάς 767 (1997) 197-207. I. KΑΡΑΒΙΔΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ, Απόκρυφα Χριστιανικά Κείμενα: Α΄ Απόκρυφα Ευαγγέλια, [Βιβλική Βιβλιοθήκη 13], Θεσσαλονίκη 2001. Ι. ΚΑΡΑΒΙΔΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ, Απόκρυφα Χριστιανικά Κείμενα: Α΄ Απόκρυφα Ευαγγέλια: Απόκρυφες Πράξεις, Επιστολές, Αποκαλύψεις, [Βιβλική Βιβλιοθήκη 29], Θεσσαλονίκη 2004. Σ. ΠΑΣΧΑΛΙΔΗΣ, Νικήτας Δαβίδ Παφλαγών. Βίος και έργο. Συμβολή στη μελέτη της προσωπογραφίας και της αγιολογικής γραμματείας της προμεταφραστικής περιόδου, [Βυζαντινά Κείμενα και Μελέται 28], Θεσσαλονίκη 1999. M. BONNET, Acta Apostolorum Apocrypha, τ. Ι-ΙΙ.1-2, Hildesheim - New York 1972. M. CUNNINGHAM, «The Use of Protevangelion of James in Eighth-Century Homilies on the Mother of God», στό: M. CUNNINGHAM - L. BRUSKER (επιμ.), The Cult of the Mother of God in Byzantium: Texts and Images, Farnham – Burlington 2011, σ. 163-178 R. Gounelle, «Η Απόκρυφη Χριστιανική Γραμματεία» (μτφρ. Δ. Κακλαμάνος), Κόσμος/Cosmos 1 (2013) 11-39. Ε. JUNOD - J.-D. KAESTLI, Acta Iohannis, [CCSA 1], Tornhout 1984. Ε. JUNOD - J.-D. KAESTLI, L’histoire des Actes apocryphes des apôtres du IIIe au IXe siècle: Le cas des Actes de Jean, Geneva-Lausanne-Neucâtel 1982. J. Keith Elliott, Art and the Christian Apocrypha, Routledge, London/New York 2001 X. LEQUEUX, «La circulation des Actes Apocryphes des Apôtres condamnés par Photius, jusqu᾽à l᾽époque de Nicétas le Paphlagonien», Apocrypha 18 (2007) 87-108. E. PATLAGEAN, «Remarques sur la diffusion et la production des Apocryphes dans le monde byzantin», Apocrypha 2 (1991) 155-163. E. DE STRYCKER, La forme le plus ancienne du Protévangile de Jacques. Recherche sur le papyrus Bodmer 5 avec une édition critique du texte grec et une traduction annotée, [Subsidia Hagiographica 33], Bruxelles 1961.
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