Interpretation of Dogmatic and Symbolic Texts of the Orthodox Church

Course Information
TitleΕρμηνεία Δογματικών και Συμβολικών Κειμένων της Ορθοδόξου Εκκλησίας / Interpretation of Dogmatic and Symbolic Texts of the Orthodox Church
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorGeorgios Siskos
Course ID600018249

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours2
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Good knowledge of ecclesiastical history and social context of the first four centuries, of interpretative data of Scripture and relations between Judaism and Christianity. Appropriate knowledge of the dialogue between the Church Fathers and philosophers. Good knowledge of the texts of the first two Ecumenical Councils and the Fathers of the Church of the first eight centuries. Good knowledge of the configuration of the liturgical praxis and liturgical arts.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to examine: - The historical and theological texts of the first eight centuries AD. - To search the conciliar texts of the Church's life and compare them with the modern Orthodox act and the interchristian relations. - To interpret the dialogue of the Orthodox Church with the philosophy and the social environment, in which stood the Byzantine and post-Byzantine civic institutions. - To have theological arguments for the inter-Christian and inter-religious dialogue. - To compose and interpret the tradition and life of the Orthodox Church with the data of the modern world.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
INTERPRETATION OF DOGMATIC AND SYMBOLIC TEXTS OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH: Systematic interpretation of the Creeds (symbols), the terms, the synodical formulations and the canons of dogmatic interest of the Ecumenical Councils. SCHEDULE OF LECTURES (Syllabus): 1. The importance of the Bible as a description of sacred events. Revelation and interpretation. 2. From the Bible to the apostolic baptismal forms of Faith, to the early baptismal creeds and to the synodical Symbols. 3. The synodicity and and synodical institution in the life and the theology of the Church. 4. Causes and process of the First Ecumenical Synod of Nicaea. 5. Interpretation of the Creed of Nicaea. 6. Causes and process of the Second Ecumenical Synod of Constantinople. 7. Interpretation of the Creed of Constantinople. 8. The convocation of the Third Ecumenical Council in Ephesus and its oros (term) about faith. 9. The Fourth Ecumenical Counci and interpretation of its oros. 10. The Fifth Ecumenical Council and interpretation of its oros. 11. The oros of the Sixth Ecumenical Council 12. The Seventh Ecumenical and interpretation of its oros of faith. 13. Interpretation of the oros of the Synod of 879-890 and the tome of the Synod of 1351 about hesychasm.
Dogma, baptismal creeds, Consiliarity, synodical institution, creeds of faith, interpretation of faith, synodical symbols, terms (oroi) of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th Ecumenical Synods and Synods 879-880, 1351.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
With e-mail
Course Organization
Reading Assigment361.4
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities130.5
Student Assessment
Written examination. The participation of students in the classroom will also be taken into consideration.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Β. Γιαννόπουλος, Ιστορία και Θεολογία των Οικουμενικών Συνόδων, εκδ. Έννοια, Αθήνα 2018.
Additional bibliography for study
-Β. Τσίγκος., Δογματική της Ορθοδόξου Εκκλησίας, εκδ. Ostracon, Θεσσαλονίκη 2019. -Β. Τσίγκος, Περιχώρησις. Θεολογικό περιεχόμενο του όρου και οι εφαρμογές του κατά τη Δογματική της Ορθοδόξου Εκκλησίας, εκδ. Ostracon, Θεσσαλονίκη 2015. - Ι. Ρωμανίδης, Δογματική και Συμβολική Θεολογία της Ορθοδόξου Καθολικής Εκκλησίας, τόμ. Α΄, εκδ. Πουρναρά, Θεσσαλονίκη 2004. - Ν. Ματσούκας, Δογματική και Συμβολική Θεολογία, τόμ. Α´, Β′ και Γ´, εκδ. Πουρναρά, Θεσσαλονίκη 2005, 2009. - Ν. Ματσούκας, Ορθοδοξία και Αίρεση στους εκκλησιαστικούς συγγραφείς του Δ´, Ε´, ΣΤ´αιώνα, Θεσσαλονίκη 1992. - I. Καρμίρη, Τα Δογματικά και Συμβολικά Μνημεία της Ορθοδόξου Καθολικής Εκκλησίας, τ. Ι, εν Αθήναις 1960. - Β. Ι. Φειδά, Εκκλησιαστική Ιστορία, τ. Α΄: Απ’ αρχής μέχρι την Εικονομαχία, Αθήναι 2002. - Β. Ι. Φειδά, Εκκλησιαστική Ιστορία, τ. Β΄: Από την Εικονομαχία μέχρι τη Μεταρρύθμιση, Αθήναι 2002. - Δ. Λιάλιου, Ερμηνεία Δογματικών και Συμβολικών κειμένων της Ορθοδόξου Εκκλησίας, τόμ. Α′, εκδ. Κυριακίδη, Θεσσαλονίκη 2016. - Κ. Σκουτέρης, Ιστορία Δογμάτων. Τόμ. Α´-Β´, Εκδ. Επιμέλεια Διαφημηστική Α. Ε., Αθήνα 1998, 2004. - Α. Γιέφτιτς, “Ἅγιες Οἰκουμενικές Σύνοδοι: Ὀγδόη (879-880) καί Ἐνάτη (1351)”, Θεολογία 86, 1 (2015), σ. 19-44. - V. Lossky, Η Μυστική Θεολογία της Ανατολικής Εκκλησίας, Θεσσαλονίκη 2007. - Μητρ. Τυρολόης και Σερεντίου Παντελεήμονος Ροδόπουλου, Επιτομή Κανονικού Δικαίου, εκδ. Μυγδονία, Καλοχώρι Θεσσαλονίκης 2005. - J. Danielou, Histoire des Doctrines Chretiennes avant Nicée, 2 Vol., Paris 1958-1961. - R. Hanson, The Search of the Christian Doctrine of God, Edinburg 1988. - J. Pelikan, The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Do¬ctrine, Volume 2, The Spirit of Eastern Christendom (600-1700), εκδ. The Univesrity of Chicago Press, London 1977. - A. Grillmeier, Christ in Christian Tradition, vol. 1: From the Apostolic Age to Chalcedon (451), εκδ. Mowbrays, London 1975. - W. Kasper, The God of Jesus Christ, εκδ. S.C.M. Press, London 1984. - G. L. Prestige, God in Patristic Τhought, εκδ. SPCK, London 1985. - J. Kelly, Early Christian Doctrines, London 1977. - H. Wolfson, The Philosophy of the Greek Fathers. Vol. 1: Faith, Trinity, Incarnation, Cambridge 1970.
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