5IN372 Eastern Christian Theology – Syriac 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: IN372
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 Syrian Orthodox community it was a cultural meeting between the Syriac/semitic cultural world and the Hellenic world. With its roots embedded in the Jewish religious belief the syriac culture flourished in Near East Asia, which created great Church fathers as Ephrem the Syrian. In the shadow of the Empire the Christological conflicts and the use of Jacob Baradeus as an instrument of intervention in the Persian Empire made the Syriac Orthodox Church a church in opposition to the Imperial Byzantine Church but yet strongly Hellenized in the seventh century by fathers such as Jacob of Edessa.
At the end of the course, the student is expected to:
• demonstrate knowledge of the timeline of the history of the Syriac Orthodox Church
• demonstrate understanding of the general themes of theology among the Syriac 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.
Hovorun, Cyril, 2008. Will, Action and Freedom: Christological Controversies in the Seventh Century. Leiden/Boston: Brill (203 p)
Available as eBook via EbscoHost for students and staff.

Menze, Volker L., 2008. Justinian and the Making of the Syrian Orthodox Church, Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press (306 p)
Available as eBook via EbscoHost for students and staff at THS.

Michelson, David A., 2014. The Practical Christology of Philoxenos of Mabbug, Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press (212 p)
Available as eBook via EbscoHost for students and staff at THS.

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