Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
-Define the conceptual dimensions of the Christian literature and especially hagiography
-Evaluate the attitudes, which as a source of inspiration shaped texts of Christian literature
-Analyze the attitudes affected by texts of Christian literature
-Approach texts historically and philologically (historical context, literary genres, language, style, publications)
-Name and evaluate 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.