5IN449 Theory and Method in Eastern Christian Studies, 7.5 Credits
Theory and Method in Eastern Christian Studies, 7.5 Credits
Eastern Christian Theology, Biblical Studies
Autumn 2019/2020 Aug - Nov (w35-w44). Language English.
To apply contact the student guide, admission code: IN449
Entry requirements
A Bachelor's degree in Theology(equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen) from an internationally recognized university. Proficiency in English by means of an internationally recognized test, e. g. TOEFL, IELTS or the equivalent
Education Level
Second cycle
Content
Academic work is based on a long tradition of agreed conditions and methods. This course gives an overview of the terms of academic work within Eastern Christian Studies. The course aims at developing the ability to read and critically review academic texts, reflect on themselves as research subjects, and find an independent and critical approach to academic work. The aim is to be able to discuss the choice of methods for solving a scientific problem, identify research ethical problems in an academic work, and explain basic methodological terminology in the field of scientific theory. The course also contains basic literature in history of research.
In the second part of the course the student choose a more subject-specific course in Eastern Christian Studies: Biblical Studies, Patristics, Liturgics or Ecclesiology.
At the end of the course, the student is expected to:
• demonstrate profoundly in-depth knowledge of the history, conditions and methods of academic work
• critically review scholarly reasoning and evaluate research ethical problems
• demonstrate the ability to independently and creatively relate to scientific methodology
• be familiar with a subject-specific aspect of Eastern Christian Studies..
Literature
First Part is common for all:
Herrmann, Eberhard, 1995. Scientific Theory and Religious Belief. An Essay on the Rationality of Views of Life. Kampen: Kok Pharos (126 pp.).

Law, David R., 2012. The Historical Critical Method. A Guide for the Perplexed. London, New York: T&T Clark International (287 pp.).

Louth, Andrew, 1990. Discerning the Mystery: An Essay on the Nature of Theology. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press (168 pp.).

Second Part (students choose A, B, C or D:

A. BIBLICAL STUDIES
Porter, Stanley E. & Robinson, Jason, 2011. Hermeneutics: An Introduction to Interpretive Theory. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans (308 s).

O’Keefe, John J., 2005. Sanctified Vision. An Introduction to Early Christian Interpretation of the Bible. Baltimore, Maryland: The Johns Hopkins University Press (148 pp.).
Gallagher, Edmon L. & Meade, John D., 2017. The Biblical Canon Lists from Early Christianity. Texts and Analysis. Oxford: Oxford University Press (284 pp.).

B. PATRISTICS
Allen, Paul L., 2012. Theological Method. A Guide for the Perplexed. London, UK & New York, NY: T&T Clark International (228 pp.).

Ferguson, Everett, 2003. Backgrounds of Early Christianity. Third Edition. Grand Rapids, Michigan & Cambridge, UK: Eerdmans Publishing (620 pp.).

C. LITURGICS
Chapungo, Anscar J., O.S.B. (ed.).Handbook for Liturgical Studies. Volume I. Introduction to the Liturgy. Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press (420 pp., excerpts).

Bell, Catherine. Ritual. Perspectives and Dimensions. Oxford, UK & New York, NY: Oxford University Press (268 pp.).

Chapungo, Anscar J., O.S.B. (ed.). Handbook for Liturgical Studies. Volume V. Liturgical Time and Space. Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press (416 pp., excerpts).

D. ECCLESIOLOGY
Fahlgren, Sune & Ideström, Jonas (eds.). Ecclesiology in the Trenches. Theory and Method under Construction. Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications (220 pp., excerpts).

Hjälm, Michael. Liberation of the Ecclesia. The Unfinished Project of Liturgical theology. Södertälje, Sweden: Anastasis Media (314 pp.).

Ormerod, Neill, Ormerod. ”The Structure of a Systematic Ecclesiology”, in Theological Studies 63 (2002).

Rentel, Alexander. ”The relationship between Bishops, synods, and the Metropolitan-Bishop in the Orthodox Canonical Tradition”, in Columbia Academic Commons (2010) (8 pp.).

McGuckin, John Anthony (2008). The Orthodox Church. An Introduction to its History, Doctrine, and Spiritual Culture. Malden, MA & Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing (442 pp., excerpts).
Instructors
David Nyström
Exam Types
Written examination, Take-home 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 2018-12-19