Ecclesiastical Literature and Paternal Interpretation

Course Information
TitleΕκκλησιαστική Γραμματολογία και πατερική ερμηνευτική / Ecclesiastical Literature and Paternal Interpretation
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorChristos Arampatzis
Course ID600019394

Programme of Study: Anamorfōméno PPS Tmīmatos THeologías (2020)

Registered students: 111
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course215

Class Information
Academic Year2022 – 2023
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours5
Class ID
Course Type 2021
Specific Foundation
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, 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 -Analyze and interpret text contents in direct relation to the historical context in which they were born -Value the timelessness meaning of the fundamental issues of the Orthodox Patristic Tradition
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • 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 and main issues of ecclesiastical literature and Orthodox theology are studied and secondly, there is an historical-philological analysis of their works. Each writer or Church Father is located on a place, time and spiritual context. The course will figure out the way he interacts in relation with certain social, political, theological and ecclesiastical facts. The second unit is an introduction to issues of patristic interpretation. It examines the problem of the interpretation of Christian 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 is based on the patristic texts, which are analyzed during the course.
Fathers of the Church, criteria of interpretation and ministerpretation of Patristic Theology in Eastern Orthodox perspective
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course's presentations will be offered as a powerpoint form. Updates and additional bibliographical material will be posted on elearning.
Course Organization
Written assigments180.7
Student Assessment
Written assignments. Ιntermediate examination. Oral examination.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
  • Πρόοδος (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Χρ. Αραμπατζή, Θέματα Εκκλησιαστικής Γραμματολογίας και Πατερικής Ερμηνευτικής, Β΄ έκδοση αναθεωρημένη, εκδόσεις Ostracon, Θεσσαλονίκη 2020.
Additional bibliography for study
Π. Χρήστου, Ελληνική Πατρολογία, Εκδόσεις Κυρομάνος, τόμοι Α΄-Ε'. Στ. Παπαδόπουλου, Πατρολογία, τόμοι Α΄-Γ΄, Αθήνα. J. Pelikan, The Christian Tradition, Illinois 1974, t. 1-3.
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