5IN381 Introduction to Patristic Studies, 7.5 Credits
Eastern Christian Theology, Church History, Systematic Theology
Autumn 2017/2018 Nov - Jan (w45-w03). Language English.
Admission at universityadmissions.se or antagning.se, admission code: IN381
Content
Patristic Studies have flourished in the 20th century across different denominations. This course introduces the History of the Church prior to 1492, with a particular emphasis on the minds of the teachers of the Church. The course takes a chronological stance, but with a thematic focus on the understanding of tradition. The course explores the most important sources of the early Christian doctrines, where they can be found, and how to read them. Historical critical methods employed in the Patristic Studies are also presented.
At the end of the course, the student is expected to:
• demonstrate knowledge of the timeline of the history of the Church prior to the end of the 15th century
• have an understanding of the general themes of theology among the Church fathers and mothers
• 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.
Literature
Parry, Kenneth, 2015. The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Patristics, Hoboken: Wiley (496 p)

Pelikan, Jaroslav, 2004. Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine. Vol. 1, Chicago: University of Chicago Press (357 p)

Pelikan, Jaroslav, 1984. The Vindication of Tradition. New Haven: Yale University (82 p)
Instructors
Michael Hjälm
Exam Types
Written examination, Seminars.
Grading Types
A = Excellent, B = Very good, C = Good, D = Satisfactory, E = Sufficient, FX = Insufficient, F = Insufficient, TG = Credits assigned.
Additional Directives
Attendance at lectures and seminars is mandatory at Stockholm School of Theology.
Confirmed by Ämnesföreträdarkollegiet vid Teologiska högskolan Stockholm 2016-12-21
Revised 2017-02-22