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  1. Constantinople, Rome and the Churches of Greece

    Constantinople, Rome and the Churches of Greece

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    The Christian faith arrived in the lands that make up modern Greece when St. Paul came into Macedonia. This book tells what happened next. Six sections divide the work: the Roman period, the Byzantine, the Latin occupation, the Ottoman Turkish, and modern Greece. The development of the Balkan churches was complicated by a Greek East and a Latin West that both sought to shape them, since the eastern part of the Roman Empire was Greek in language and culture, but under the jurisdiction of the western Roman papacy until the middle of the eighth century. They were then absorbed into the patriarchate of Constantinople. Five hundred years later an aggressive Latin invasion of the Greek lands created a Crusaders' Greece with its own Latin churches that have continued until the present as a small but significant minority. The Turkish period challenged the churches, yet produced few conversions to Islam, except on Crete. The final section of the book surveys the history of these two churches in an independent Greece through the twentieth century. Learn More
  2. Guide for a Church Under Islam: The Sixty-Six Canonical Questions

    Guide for a Church Under Islam: The Sixty-Six Canonical Questions

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    In the Christian East, the pastoral manuals of the Church took a literary form known as “Questions/Answers.” The authors of these canonical works were bishops and priests who usually wrote to guide clergy in addressing issues arising from diocesan and parish life. Unlike any of these other guides, in the present work an entire church subject to Islamic persecution sought the counsel of its sole Eastern sister church that was free from Muslim conquest. This pastoral guide for a church under Islam sets forth a pattern meant for a patriarchate to apply in addressing issues arising in a society under the domination of an alien religion that regarded itself as superior by nature. In addition to the main issue, the twelfth-century document has a number of interesting features relevant for Church history, including its record of ancient Christian practices regarding liturgy, fasting, preparation for the Eucharist, burial of the dead, deaconesses, and the internal life of Arabic Christians living in what would become modern Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, and Syria. The translation as well as its annotations and introductory history represent a time capsule of the Church’s history in the aftermath of the Muslim conquests of the Middle East and just before the taking of Constantinople in 1204 by the Latin Crusaders. Patrick Viscuso, translator. Learn More
  3. The Making of the New Testament: Church, Gospel and Canon

    The Making of the New Testament: Church, Gospel and Canon

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    “This book is a truly remarkable ‘short study’ telling the extraordinary story of the making of the New Testament in the light of the rise and growth of the ancient universal Church. Its impeccable academic quality is accompanied in every chapter by the profound hermeneutical insights provided by the life of the Church and the patristic-biblical-exegetical heritage. I am sure that [it] will be spiritually edifying and theologically informative, connecting the readers to the New Testament, the eternal sacred text of the Church, and the absolute Word of God.” From the Foreword by Archbishop Demetrios Trakatellis Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America “Fr. Theodore Stylianopoulos’ new book is an extraordinary study––short, concise, complete, carefully and fairly written. It synthesizes the fruits of a lifetime of rigorous historical-critical scholarship together with a lifetime of faith, worship, and service in the Church that canonized the twenty-seven New Testament writings which in turn, each in its own way, bears witness to the Church’s evangelical “canon of faith” summed up in the apostolic gospel. I recommend this rare achievement to everyone interested in this crucial subject that remains as controversial today as ever.” Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, New York “The Making of the New Testament is essential reading for anyone seriously interested in the current state of Orthodox biblical studies. Scholarly but readable, balanced but passionately argued, the book explores the organic interdependence of the nascent Church and the writings that would become our New Testament––an interdependence based on and expressive of the apostolic gospel in all its fullness.” Rev. Dr. John Erickson Peter N. Gramowich Professor of Church History, Emeritus, and former Dean of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary Learn More
  4. Sailing from Byzantium: How a Lost Empire Shaped the World

    Sailing from Byzantium: How a Lost Empire Shaped the World

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    A gripping intellectual adventure story, Sailing from Byzantium sweeps you from the deserts of Arabia to the dark forests of northern Russia, from the colorful towns of Renaissance Italy to the final moments of a millennial city under siege.... Byzantium: the successor of Greece and Rome, this magnificent empire bridged the ancient and modern worlds for more than a thousand years. Without Byzantium, the works of Homer and Herodotus, Plato and Aristotle, Sophocles and Aeschylus, would never have survived. Yet very few of us have any idea of the enormous debt we owe them. The story of Byzantium is a real-life adventure of electrifying ideas, high drama, colorful characters, and inspiring feats of daring. In Sailing from Byzantium, Colin Wells tells of the missionaries, mystics, philosophers, and artists who against great odds and often at peril of their own lives spread Greek ideas to the Italians, the Arabs, and the Slavs. Their heroic efforts inspired the Renaissance, the golden age of Islamic learning, and Russian Orthodox Christianity, which came complete with a new alphabet, architecture, and one of the world's greatest artistic traditions. The story's central reference point is an arcane squabble called the Hesychast controversy that pitted humanist scholars led by the brilliant, acerbic intellectual Barlaam against the powerful monks of Mount Athos led by the stern Gregory Palamas, who denounced "pagan" rationalism in favor of Christian mysticism. Within a few decades, the light of Byzantium would be extinguished forever by the invading Turks, but not before the humanists found a safe haven for Greek literature. The controversy of rationalism versus faith would continue to be argued by some of history's greatest minds. Fast-paced, compulsively readable, and filled with fascinating insights, Sailing from Byzantium is one of the great historical dramas-the gripping story of how the flame of civilization was saved and passed on. Learn More
  5. Orthodox Church in Byzantine Empire

    Orthodox Church in Byzantine Empire

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    This book describes the role of the medieval Orthodox Church in the Byzantine Empire (c.600-c.1453). As an integral part of its policy it was (as in western Christianity) closely linked with many aspects of everyday life both official and otherwise. It was a formative period for Orthodoxy. It had to face doctrinal problems and heresies; at the same time it experienced the continuity and deepening of its liturgical life. While holding fast to the traditions of the fathers and the councils, it saw certain developments in doctrine and liturgy as also in administration. Part I discusses the landmarks in ecclesiastical affairs within the Empire as well as the creative influence exercised on the Slavs and the increasing contacts with westerners particularly after 1204. Part II gives a brief account of the structure of the medieval Orthodox Church, its officials and organization, and the spirituality of laity, monks, and clergy. Learn More
  6. Long Walk To Church / Edition 2

    Long Walk To Church / Edition 2

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    Overview Making use of the formerly secret archives of the Soviet government, interviews, and first-hand personal experiences, Nathaniel Davis describes how the Russian Orthodox Church hung on the brink of institutional extinction twice in the past sixty-five years. In 1939, only a few score widely scattered priests were still functioning openly. Ironically, Hitler's invasion and Stalin's reaction to it rescued the church -- and parishes reopened, new clergy and bishops were consecrated, a patriarch was elected, and seminaries and convents were reinstituted. However, after Stalin's death, Khrushchev resumed the onslaught against religion. Davis reveals that the erosion of church strength between 1948 and 1988 was greater than previously known and it was none too soon when the Soviet government changed policy in anticipation of the millennium of Russia's conversion to Christianity. More recently, the collapse of communism has created a mixture of dizzying opportunity and daunting trouble for Russian Orthodoxy. The newly revised and updated edition addresses the tumultuous events of recent years, including schisms in Ukraine, Estonia, and Moldova, and confrontations between church traditionalists, conservatives and reformers. The author also covers battles against Greek-Catholics, Roman Catholics, Protestant evangelists, and pagans in the south and east, the canonization of the last Czar, the church's financial crisis, and hard data on the slowing Russian orthodox recovery and growth. Institutional rebuilding and moral leadership now beckon between promise and possibility. Learn More
  7. Seer - The Life of the Prophet Samuel and its Relevance Today

    Seer - The Life of the Prophet Samuel and its Relevance Today

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    The Seer describes the life and work of the Prophet Samuel, called 'the Seer' and 'the man of God' by his contemporaries, who lived in the period of the Old Testament and is a saint of our Church. Learn More
  8. Millennium: Christianity and Russia 988-1988

    Millennium: Christianity and Russia 988-1988

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    Joining the worldwide observance of the millennium of Christianity in Russia, the University of Oregon presented a public humanities symposium, art exhibitions, films and concerts on The Millennium: Christianity and Russia (988-1988 AD) to note the impact of Eastern Orthodox Christianity on the historical and cultural development of Russia and the Soviet Union. Learn More
  9. Caesar and the Lamb: Early Christian Attitudes on War and Military Service

    Caesar and the Lamb: Early Christian Attitudes on War and Military Service

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    Through the available patristic writings ''Caesar and the Lamb'' focuses on the attitudes of the earliest Christians on war and military service. Kalantzis not only provides the reader with many new translations of pre-Constantinian texts, he also tells the story of the struggle of the earliest Church, the communities of Christ at the margins of power and society, to bear witness to the nations that enveloped them as they transformed the dominant narratives of citizenship, loyalty, freedom, power, and control.Although Kalantzis examines writings on war and military service in the first three centuries of the Christian Church in an organized manner, the ways earliest Christians thought of themselves and the state are not presented here through the lens of antiquarian curiosity. With theological sensitivity and historical acumen this companion leads the reader into the world in which Christianity arose and asks questions of the past that help us understand the early character of the Christian faith with the hope that such an enterprise will also help us evaluate its expression in our own time. Learn More
  10. Authority in Byzantium

    Authority in Byzantium

    $138.60

    Authority is an important concept in Byzantine culture whose myriad modes of implementation helped maintain the existence of the Byzantine state across so many centuries, binding together people from different ethnic groups, in different spheres of life and activities. Learn More

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