Church Literature and Fathers Interpretation

Course Information
TitleΕισαγωγή στην Εκκλησιαστική Γραμματολογία και Ερμηνεία Πατέρων / Church Literature and Fathers Interpretation
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorChristos Arampatzis
Course ID60000276

Programme of Study: Anamorfōméno PPS Tmīmatos THeologías (2020)

Registered students: 57
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course425

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours4
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
  • Distance learning
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
  • French (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to approach the textual Christian tradition from the first century to the 20th century, to analyze and interpret the content in direct relation to the historical context in which they were born and finally to understand the timelessness meaning of the fundamental issues of the Orthodox Patristic Tradition.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course is divided into two units. Firstly, lives and teaching of Church Fathers is studied and secondly, there is an historical-philological analysis of their works.Each writer of church Father is located on a place, time and spiritual environment. This course will figure out the way he interacts in relation with certain social, political, theological and ecclesiastical facts.On the second unit, there is a discussion about the problem of interpretation on church literature. The methods of interpretation, chosen by Fathers, will be presented and there will be a discussion about their impact on contemporary spiritual matters. The approach will become according to patristic texts, analyzed during this course.
Fathers of the Church, criteria of interpretation and ministerpretation of Patristic Theology in Eastern Orthodox perspective
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Interactive excersises
  • Book
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
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Course's presentations will be offered as a powerpoint form. Updates and additional bibliographical material will be posted on elearning.
Course Organization
Laboratory Work130.5
Written assigments351.4
Student Assessment
A presentation of a patristic work, included on syllabus, and a submission of a paper. Written assignments. Oral examination.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Χρ. Αραμπατζή, Ανθολόγηση της Πατερικής Γραμματείας, Εκδόσεις Ostracon, Θεσσαλονίκη 2014
Additional bibliography for study
Π. Χρήστου, Ελληνική Πατρολογία, Εκδόσεις Κυρομάνος, τόμοι Α-Ε Στ. Παπαδόπουλου, Πατρολογία, Αθήνα τόμοι Α-Γ J. Pelikan, The Christian Tradition, Illinois 1974, t. 1-3. Χρ. Αραμπατζή, Θέματα Εκκλησιαστικής Γραμματολογίας και Πατερικής Ερμηνευτικής, Εκδόσεις Ostracon, Θεσσαλονίκη 2014.
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