5IN474 Eastern Christian Theology – Byzantine Orthodox, 7.5 Credits
Church History, Systematic Theology, Eastern Christian Theology
Autumn 2018/2019 Nov - Jan (w45-w03). Daytime 50 % at Campus Bromma. Language English.
To apply contact the student guide, admission code: IN474
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
Eastern Christian Theology has developed within different communities. In the Byzantine Orthodox community it developed within the Byzantine Empire, but also outside the Empire, primarily within the Arabic cultural world. With its roots embedded in Jewish religious beliefs the Byzantine culture flourished in Byzantium until the fall of Constantinople, when the Ottoman Empire overshadowed Christianity in its geographical cradle. In Russia the Church continued to blossom until the beginning of the twentieth century, when the Bolsheviks made orthodox Christianity its major enemy and later an essential but crippled partner. The course introduces the two major centers of Byzantine Christianity, with their characteristic theology and history.
At the end of the course, the student is expected to:
• be able to identify and interpret historical events and the consequences they have for the history of the Byzantine Orthodox Church
• display considerable understanding of the general themes of theology among the Byzantine Orthodox Church fathers and mothers, as well as a deeper insight into the christological controversies
• demonstrate competence in making use of patristic resources and historical-critical methods
• reflect critically on various patristic texts, regarding authorship, manuscript, history and reception as well as content.
Hovorun, Cyril. 2008. Will, Action and Freedom: Christological Controversies in the Seventh Century. Leiden and Boston: Brill (203 p, excerpts).
Available as eBook via EbscoHost for students and staff.

Pospielovsky, Dimitry. 1998. The Orthodox Church in the History of Russia, Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press (413 p). Selected Readings.

Runciman, Steven. 1985. The Great Church in Captivity: A Study of the Patriarchate of Constantinople from the Eve of the Turkish Conquest to the Great War. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press (454 p). Selected Readings.

Samuel, Vilakuvelil C. 2003. The Council of Chalcedon Re-Examined. London, UK: British Orthodox Press (374 p).

Selected primary texts in translations (200 p) or in Greek/Slavonic (100 p).
Michael Hjälm
Exam Types
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 the Theology Faculty Board at University College Stockholm 2017-03-22