Doctoral Program in Eastern Christian Studies

Doctoral Program in Eastern Christian Studies

Eastern Christian Studies investigates how Eastern Christianity has defined itself in relation to the Jewish and Greco-Roman religious, philosophical, rhetorical, social, and cultural heritages in the Early Church, and how Eastern Christianity has later defined itself in the various contexts of its history. Important areas of research are the exploration of the processes associated with the reception of Sacred Scripture, the growing power of the Church in ancient society, the rise of the Christian Empires, the impact of the Islamic world and modern nationalism, current ecumenical issues and the relation of Christianity to the society in a postmodern world. Eastern Christian Studies explores the content of the various Eastern traditions from the perspectives of the biblical interpretation, patristic literature, liturgical traditions and ecclesiology with a variety of scholarly methods.

Among the prominent features of Eastern Christian Studies at Stockholm School of Theology are the Early Church, Monastic life and thoughts, the use of the Bible in the Liturgy, Arabic Christianity (especially the encounter with Islam and the Quran), International Relations and Orthodox Unity, Public and Systematic Ecclesiology, the function of the Liturgy, and the place an d function of art in Eastern Christian tradition. We also cover a variety of traditions such as Western and Eastern Syriac, Ethiopic traditions, Coptic, and Byzantine (both Greek and Slavic). A common understanding among our scholars is critical enquiry as a mechanism of progression. A variety of methods are used to unravel the past in relation to its historical context and to interpret and understand the present condition of the Church as a juxtaposition between history and the socio-cultural position of the Church today.

Doctoral students are admitted in two categories: scholarships and doctoral students who are able conduct their research within their working position or have other financial means. The latter category is admitted continuously throughout the year, while scholarships are available at specific occasions. The research program embraces four years of studies (240 credits) and may be done either as a full-time program or as a half-time program. Admission requirements include, among other things, a degree at advanced level (master's degree, or comparable), focusing on Eastern Christian Studies, as well as a well-developed project plan.

Applications for doctoral studies and applications for doctoral student scholarships should be made on a special form, which is requested from the Academic Dean of Eastern Christian Studies, Anne-Christine Lindvall, who may also provide more information.

Allmän studieplan för forskarutbildning i Östkyrkliga studier
General Syllabus for the Third‐Cycle Programme in Eastern Christian Studies

Teachers, Scholars and Doctoral Students

Polycarpus Augin Aydin, visiting Senior Lecturer
Bar-Sawme, Gabriel, Doctoral Student & visiting Lecturer
Dzalto, Davor, Professor
Gobena, Abate, Doctoral Student
Hayati, Said, Doctoral Student
Hjälm, Michael, Senior Lecturer
Hovorun, Cyril, Professor
Kitchen, Robert, Senior Lecturer
Lindgren Hjälm, Miriam, Senior Lecturer
Rubenson, Samuel, Professor
Öhrvall, Daniel, visiting Lecturer