Upon successful completion of the 13 teaching units of the course:
- Students to be able to immerse their knowledge in understanding the judicial role of the Church from the 12th century AD and throughout the Ottoman rule and its contribution to the formation of legal institutions in northern Greece and the wider Macedonian area.
- In addition, to be able to process various historical and canonical issues, to compare them with each other and in this way to be able to conclude that these issues have influenced the life and practice of the Church.
- Finally, to be able to know ways to resolve the consequences for the life of the Church, arising from various historical and canonical issues and to realize that these ways, as a roadmap, are applied over time to address other canonical issues and problems that create in its life Church to this day.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Relationship rules and state provisions in the Byzantine Empire. The decline of legislative production by the state and the gradual assumption of competence on the part of the Church. The administration of law and its sources during the period of Ottoman domination. The canonical Thessalonikeia Secretariat of the 14th century. The law content patriarchal and synodical decisions and the justice of the Patriarchal Synod of Constantinople and the individual organs. Issues of family and inheritance law. Relationship Ottoman State and Church in the Turkish occupied areas. The normal rights of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Turkish-occupied northern Macedonia and the wider area.
The thirteen sections of the course are structured as follows:
1. The state of the law from the 12th to the 14th century.
2. The canonical production in Thessaloniki during the 14th century.
3. Matthew Sprout, Constantine Armenopoulos and canonical work.
4. The judicial role of the Church in the administration of law from the 14th century onwards.
5. The influence of canon law in shaping law institutions in the post-Byzantine period.
6. Patriarchal award decisions and law in Turkish-occupied northern Greece.
7. The canonical collections of Danubian. Sources and content.
8. The Provincial Synod Metropolitan of Thessaloniki. Jurisdiction, powers, regular decisions.
9. The law of betrothal and marriage in Turkish-occupied northern Greece.
10. The religious provisions of Berat and Ottoman firman and their importance for the administration of the Orthodox Foundation.
11. The penance the excommunication. Law and practice.
12. canonical provisions and institutions inheritance.
13. The patriarchal laws in Turkish-Macedonian area.
Law, Ottoman, Patriarchal and Synodical decisions, Byzantine Empire