5IN488 The Church in Theory and Practice, 7.5 Credits
Practical Theology and Religious Behavioral Science, Eastern Christian Theology
Autumn 2019/2020 Nov - Jan (w45-w04). Language English.
To apply contact the student guide, admission code: IN488
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
The course introduces the students to the source texts within Canon Law, Liturgical Studies as well as providing theories in relation to the source texts. The students choose either Canon Law or Liturgical Studies, as well as choosing a particular linguistic tradition; Coptic, Greek, Old Slavonic, Ge’ez, Old Syriac and Arabic may be chosen.
At the end of the course, the student is expected to:
• be able to analyze source texts
• display considerable insight of how modern theories and methods relate to historical documents
• demonstrate considerable knowledge about the historical context of the source text
• reflect critically on the origin and development of the source text.
Literature may be chosen in dialogue with the superviser. Below there are different examples of books relating to different fields. At least two of the books should be included in the course.

Abdisho Nisibis. Translated by István Perczel (2009). The Nomocanon of Abdisho of Nisibis: A Facsimile Edition of Ms 64 from the collection of the Church of the East in Trissur. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press (437 pp.).

Baum, Wilhelm & Winkler, Dietmar W. (2000). The Church of the East. A Concise History. London, UK: Routledge (202 pp.).

Voobus, A. (1976). The Synodicon in West Syrian Tradition, II. Syr. 163: T. (Corpus Scriptorum Christianorum Orientalum). Leven, Belgium: Peeters Publishers (274 pp.).

Viscuso, Patrick Demetrios (2014). Guide for a Church under Islam. The Sixty-Six Canonical Questions Attributed to Theodoros Balsamon. Brookl.ine, Massachusetts: Holy Cross Orthodox Press (142 pp.).

Constitution of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch. Amended and approved by the Holy Synod, September 22-26. Maarat Saidnaya, Damascus, Syria: St. Ephraim Seminary. Available http://www.soc-wus.org/ourchurch/constitutioneng.html

Bar Hebreus. Translated by Baby Verghese (2014). Book of Guides (Hudaya), Or, Nomocanon. Erayil-Kadavu, Kottayam: Malamnkar Orthodox Church Publications (163 pp.).

Davie, Grace (2014). ”Let Theology and Sociology Interact!”, in Ecclesiology, Volume 10: Issue 3, pp. 362-371. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill.
Jackson, Eleanor M. (1972). ”A Sociologist’s Ecclesiology: The Church as an Institution. Critical Studies in the relation between theology and sociology by Dr. P. de Haas”, in The Ecumenical Review, July 1972, Volume 24, Issue 3, pp. 379-381. Geneva: World Council of Churches.

McCann, Joseph F. (2005). Church and Organization: A Sociological and Theological Enquiry. Chicago: University of Chicago Press (260 pp.).

Taft, Robert (1997). Beyond East and West. Problems in Liturgical Understanding. Rome: Edizioni Orientalia Christiana (318 pp.).

Selected papers on sources and methods, and source texts.
The litterature required for the course may change.
Exam Types
Papers, Seminars, Written examination.
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
Revised 2019-10-08