to know the Christian literature and especially hagiography
to understand the attitudes that gave rise to these texts and the attitudes that these texts helped to instil
to approach texts historically and philologically (historical context, literary genres, language, style, publications)
to be aware of the external challenges and internal needs that contributed to the writing of the texts (their themes, their apologetic, didactic and anti-heretical uses).
Course Content (Syllabus)
The first part of the course (Hagiography) examines the anthropological, Christological and ecclesiological aspects of sainthood through analysis of the hagiographic models that prevailed throughout different periods in the church’s history, from the biblical times to modern age, as they have been monumentalized in their respective narratives and the poetry of the Christian literature.
The second part involves a general introduction to Christian literature: its basic genres, the various approaches to it, its historical, social and cultural context and their soteriological aims.
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Παναγιώτης Υφαντής, Μάχη Καταλλαγής. Άνθρωπος, συνάνθρωπος, Θεάνθρωπος στις αρένες της θέωσης, εκδ. Αρμός, Αθήνα 2018.