5IN373 Eastern Christian Theology – Coptic Orthodox, 7.5 Credits
Eastern Christian Theology, Church History, Systematic Theology
Autumn 2018/2019 Nov - Jan (w45-w03). Daytime 50 % at Campus Bromma. Language English.
Admission at universityadmissions.se or antagning.se, admission code: IN373
Entry requirements
60 credits in Theology, including 30 credits from Introductory courses, and the courses Text, Context and Interpretation of life 15 credits, and History of Eastern Christianity (Intermediate level) 7,5 credits or equivalent. Alternatively: 60 credits in Theology: Theology, introductory courses, 30 credits, the courses Text, kontext och livstolkning/Text, Context and Interpretation of life 15 credits and Teologi, religion och kyrka i Sverige/Theology, Religion and Churches in Sweden 15 hp, or eqvivalent.
Education Level
First cycle
Eastern Christian Theology has developed within different communities. In the Coptic Orthodox community it developed within the Islam Empire, but as the spiritual cradle of Eastern Christianity with Alexandria as the theological and philosophical center of the East. With its roots embedded in the Jewish religious belief the coptic culture also adopted bits and pieces of the Pharaonic culture, but with the belief that God had planted Christianity as a precursor of Christ in this pre-Christian culture from which Jopseph, the Old Testament patriarch harvested and gave symbolically to Moses. This course will once more harvest the waste and rich resources of this ancient culture.
At the end of the course, the student is expected to:
• demonstrate knowledge of the timeline of the history of the Coptic Orthodox Church
• demonstrate understanding of the general themes of theology among the Coptic Orthodox Church fathers and mothers, as well as a deeper insight into the Christological controversies
• be able to make use of patristic resources and historical critical methods
• be able to read and interpret patristic texts, with the methods provided in the course.
Meinardus, Otto F. A., 2002. Two Thousand Years of Coptic Christianity. Cairo/New York: The American University in Cairo Press (264 p)

Davis, Stephen J., 2008. Coptic Christology in Practice. Incarnation and Divine Participation in Late Antique and Medieval Egypt, Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press (318 p)

Hovorun, Cyril, 2008. Will, Action and Freedom: Christological Controversies in the Seventh Century. Leiden/Boston: Brill (203 p, excerpts)
Available as eBook via EbscoHost for students and staff.

Selected primary texts in translations (200 p) or in Greek/Syriac (100 p)
Gabriel Bar-Sawme, Hayleyesus Molaw, Samuel Rubenson
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 the Theology Faculty Board at University College Stockholm 2016-12-21
Revised 2017-02-22