Author: Volker L. Menze
Publisher: OUP Oxford
The Council of Chalcedon in 451 divided eastern Christianity, with those who were later called Syrian Orthodox among the Christians in the near eastern provinces who refused to accept the decisions of the council. These non-Chalcedonians (still better known under the misleading term Monophysites) separated from the church of the empire after Justin I attempted to enforce Chalcedon in the East in 518. Volker L. Menze historicizes the formation of the Syrian Orthodox Church in the first half of the sixth century. This volume covers the period from the accession of Justin to the second Council of Constantinople in 553. Menze begins with an exploration of imperial and papal policy from a non-Chalcedonian, eastern perspective, then discusses monks, monasteries and the complex issues surrounding non-Chalcedonian church life and sacraments. The volume concludes with a close look at the working of "collective memory" among the non-Chalcedonians and the construction of a Syrian Orthodox identity. This study is a histoire évènementielle of actual religious practice, especially concerning the Eucharist and the diptychs, and of ecclesiastical and imperial policy which modifies the traditional view of how emperors (and in the case of Theodora: empresses) ruled the late Roman/early Byzantine empire. By combining this detailed analysis of secular and ecclesiastical politics with a study of long-term strategies of memorialization, the book also focuses on deep structures of collective memory on which the tradition of the present Syrian Orthodox Church is founded.
Publisher: Hackett Publishing
A fully-outfitted edition of Prokopios' late Antique masterpiece of military history and ethnography--for the 21st-century reader. "At last . . . the translation that we have needed for so long: a fresh, lively, readable, and faithful rendering of Prokopios' Wars, which in a single volume will make this fundamental work of late ancient history-writing accessible to a whole new generation of students." --Jonathan Conant, Brown University
The Eucharist from the Early Church to the Present Day
Author: Bryan D. Spinks
Publisher: SCM Press
Bryan Spinks is one of the worlds leading scholars in the field of liturgy and to have a comprehensive work by him on the Eucharist is a major catch for SCM. Like the authors previous work on Baptism, this will become a standard work about the Eucharist and Eucharistic theology worldwide. The book, a study of the history and theology of the Eucharist, is the fifth volume in the SCM Studies in Worship and Liturgy series and will help to establish the series as a place for landmark books of liturgical scholarship. This book will be aimed at undergraduate and graduate theology students, clergy and theologically literate laity. It will assume some technical knowledge (i. e. it is not an introduction to liturgy or introduction to sacraments), but will attempt to outline what the evidence is, and what current scholars think. On occasions it will advance or argue for why one interpretation is preferable to another.
Author: Wendy Mayer,Bronwen Neil
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
The essays in this volume engage a variety of inter- and intra-religious conflicts, ranging from the first to eighth centuries CE. The religious conflicts associated with the birth and development of Christianity, from the death of Jesus, to the Apostle Paul, through to the Patristic Era up to and including the beginnings of Islam, are well represented. Given the political and religious tensions in the world today, this volume is well positioned to find relevance and meaning in societies still grappling with the monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Untersuchungen zur Einigungspolitik des Kaisers Heraclius und des Patriarchen Sergius von Constantinopel
Author: Christian Lange
Publisher: Mohr Siebeck
English summary: During the reign of emperor Justinian (527-565 AD), the Church of the (Roman) Empire was split due to the different reception of the Christological formula of the Council of Chalcedon (451). On the one hand, the Apostolic See of Rome and the Latin speaking West defended the synod. On the other hand, followers of the Christology of St. Cyril of Alexandria in Egypt und Syria sought to overrule what they understood as Nestorianism. It was not until the years 628 to 633 that the Byzantine Emperor Heraclius (610-641) was able to restore the unity of the Church by promoting a new formula of compromise: The teaching of a single operation ( energeia ) in Christ. Christian Lange discusses the period between the Council of Chalcedon (451) and the final failure of all attempts to avoid a split in the Church of the Empire in the 7th century. German description: In der Auseinandersetzung um die christologische Aussage des Konzils von Chalcedon (451) ist in der Mitte des 6. Jh. die Einheit der aReichskirche zerbrochen. Nur dem Kaiser Heraclius und seinem Patriarchen Sergius von Constantinopel gelang es in den Jahren 628 bis 633 noch ein letztes Mal, die Befurworter wie Gegner der umstrittenen Synode zur Kircheneinheit zu bewegen. Die theologische Grundlage fur die Einigung stellte dabei die Aussage von der aMia Energeia, der einen (gott-menschlichen) aWirkweise des Fleisch gewordenen Gott-Logos dar. Christian Lange untersucht diese kirchenhistorisch wie dogmengeschichtlich spannende Epoche an Hand von teilweise erstmals ins Deutsche ubersetzten Quellentexten. Abschliessend schlagt der Autor einen neuen Fachbegriff vor: Er verwendet aMiaenergetismus als Bezeichnung fur die Einigungsbestrebungen des Kaisers Heraclius und des Patriarchen Sergius zu Beginn des siebten Jahrhunderts.
Triumph and Diversity, A.D. 200-1000
Author: Peter Brown
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
This tenth anniversary revised edition of the authoritative texton Christianity’s first thousand years of history features anew preface, additional color images, and an updated bibliography.The essential general survey of medieval European Christendom,Brown’s vivid prose charts the compelling and tumultuous riseof an institution that came to wield enormous religious and secularpower. • Clear and vivid history of Christianity’srise and its pivotal role in the making of Europe • Written by the celebrated Princeton scholar whooriginated of the field of study known as ‘lateantiquity’ • Includes a fully updated bibliography and index
Author: A. D Lee
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
A. D. Lee charts the significant developments which marked the transformation of Ancient Rome into medieval Byzantium.
With Related Texts on the Three Chapters Controversy
Author: Richard Price
The Council of Constantinople of 553, often called Constantinople II or the Fifth Ecumenical Council, has been described as by far the most problematic of all of the church councils. The methods employed by the Council and the domineering emperor who controlled it included brutality towards opponents and the falsification of documents, among other charges. This timely and detailed translation by acclaimed ecclesiastical scholar Richard Price argues, however, that the theology of the council was both opportune and constructive and that its contributions to Christian unity was well-intentioned and not wholly unsuccessful, as he reevaluates material long neglected by historians of the period.
Volume 1: Earliest Christianity To 1453
Author: Dale T. Irvin,Scott Sunquist
Publisher: A&C Black
This thorough, lucid, solidly researched book, the first of two volumes, charts the history of global Christianity.
Author: Bruno Becchio,Johannes P. Schadé
Publisher: Foreign Media Group
Enhanced by more than one thousand full color illustrations, a concise guide features thousands of references to literature, art, history, famous figures, and philosophy with respect to religion, covering the beliefs, doctrines, practices, teachings, rites of passage, and specific rituals of the world's major religions.