Later Byzantine Patristic Theology

This unit engages the thought and methods of the middle and later Byzantine Fathers, investigating the major trends within the Greek Christian tradition from the eighth to the fourteenth century. Building on Early Byzantine Fathers, it examines the connection between historical circumstances, the spiritual life and the formulation of Christian theology in the middle and later Byzantine period. It focuses on Byzantine theology, homiletics and hymnology, Byzantine iconology, Representatives of Byzantine humanism, the Hesychasts, and Liturgical mysticism.

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Credit Points



T7382 Early Byzantine Patristic Theology.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Appraise the historical and ecclesial contexts of various trends in middle and later Byzantine tradition
  2. Display a broad understanding of the main theological and spiritual themes developed by the middle and later Byzantine Fathers
  3. Utilise primary and secondary sources in the analysis of middle and later patristic Byzantine themes such as iconology, hesychasm and mystical theology
  4. Analyse in depth the themes developed by the middle and later Byzantine Fathers within their immediate and distant literary and historical contexts
  5. Assess the place of patristic Byzantine tradition within contemporary scholarship and its relevance to Christian experience
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