5IN384 Eastern Christian Liturgies, 7.5 Credits
Eastern Christian Theology, Practical Theology and Religious Behavioural Science
Autumn 2018/2019 Aug - Nov (w35-w44). Language English.
To apply contact the student guide, admission code: IN384
Entry requirements
General requirements for university studies. 60 credits in Theology, including 30 credits from Introductory courses, at least 15 credits in Eastern Christian Studies, and 15 credits from Intermediate level.
Education Level
First cycle
Content
Eastern Christianity comprises a variety of liturgical traditions, sometimes vastly different. The course takes a closer look on common traits from the Early Church and compares the different historical developments of the liturgies. Particular attention is given to the relationship between time and eternity as well as matter and spirit. The students will specialize on one of four liturgical traditions: Coptic Orthodox, Tewahedo Orthodox, Syriac Orthodox, or Byzantine Orthodox, and choose one of the alternatives in addition to the shared literature.
At the end of the course, the student is expected to:
• demonstrate knowledge of how the liturgy has developed historically in East with a particular emphasis on one of the liturgical traditions
• show an understanding of the general themes of spirituality and sacramental theology in one of the traditions
• be able to compare various liturgical traditions in Eastern Christianity
• be able to make use of hermeneutical methods in connection to liturgical studies.
Literature
Naguib, Saphinaz-Amal (2008). “Survivals of Pharaonic Religious Practices in Contemporary Coptic Christianity”, in Jacco Dieleman & Willeke Wendrich (eds.), UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology. Los Angeles: UCLA (4p).

Rubenson, Samuel (1996). “The Transition from Coptic to Arabic”, in Egypte/Monde Arabe. Les langues en Égypte, nr 27-28, 1996 (9p).

Taft, Robert (1993). The Liturgy of the Hours in East and West. The Origins of the Divine Office and Its Meaning for Today. Second Revised Edition. Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press (374p).

Youssef, Joseph, “From the Blood of St. Mina to the Martyrs of Maspero: Commemoration, Identity, and Social Memory in the Coptic Orthodox Church”, in Journal of the Canadian Society for Coptic Studies, nr 5, 2013, pp. 61-73 (12p).

Selected texts in translation (200p) or in Coptic/Greek (100p).

Tewahedo Orthodox tradition
Dagmawi, Andualem (2009). “Theosis. Some ideas of Deification as reflected throughout the Ethiopic Divine Liturgy”, in Collecteana Christiana Orientalia, nr 6, 2009, pp. 45-66 (22p).

Fritsch, Emmanuel (1999). “The Liturgical Year and the Lectionary of the Ethiopian Church. Introduction to the Temporal”, in Warszawskie Studia Teologiczne, nr 12, 1999, pp. 71–116 (46p).

Gebru, Mebratu Kiros (2012). Liturgical Cosmology: The Theological and Sacramental Dimensions of Creation in the Ethiopian Liturgy. Thesis submitted to the Faculty of Theology of Emmanuel College and the Department of Theology of the Toronto School of Theology (100p).

Girma, Mohammed (2011). “Whose Meaning? The Wax and Gold Tradition as a Philosophical Foundation for an Ethiopian Hermeneutic”, in Sophia, nr 50, 2011, pp. 175–187 (13p).

Taft, Robert (1993). The Liturgy of the Hours in East and West. The Origins of the Divine Office and Its Meaning for Today. Second Revised Edition. Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press (374p).

Syriac Orthodox tradition
Loosley, Emma (2012). The Architecture and Liturgy of the Bema in Fourth-to-Sixth Century Syrian Churches. Leiden, The Netherlands: Koninklijke Brill (120p).
Available as eBook via EbscoHost for students and staff at THS.

Taft, Robert (1993). The Liturgy of the Hours in East and West. The Origins of the Divine Office and Its Meaning for Today. Second Revised Edition. Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press (374p).

Varghese, Baby (2004). West Syrian Liturgical Theology. Hants Burlington: Ashgate Publishing (172p).

Byzantine Orthodox tradition
Ray, Walter D. (2012). Tasting Heaven on Earth. Worship in Sixth-Century Constantinople. Grand Rapids, Michigan & Cambridge, UK: Wm. B. Eerdmans Oublishing (151p).

Taft, Robert F. (1992). The Byzantine Rite. A Short History. Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press (80p).

Getcha, Job (2012). The Typicon Decoded: An Explanation of Byzantine Liturgical Practice. Crestwood, NY: SVS Press (313p).
Instructors
Gabriel Bar-Sawme
Exam Types
Written examination, Seminars.
Grading Types
A = Excellent, B = Very good, C = Good, D = Satisfactory, E = Sufficient, FX = Insufficient, F = Insufficient
Additional Directives
Attendance at lectures and seminars is mandatory at Stockholm School of Theology.
Confirmed by Ämnesföreträdarkollegiet vid Teologiska högskolan Stockholm 2017-12-20