Byzantine Online Course Descriptions

Byzantine Online Course Descriptions

Fall 2020 Credit Courses


DT 102 Patristics II (Rose) 

(2 hours; 1 semester)

This course will introduce the history, theology, and spirituality of post-Nicene Fathers, from St. Athanasius to St. Gregory Palamas (d. 1357). This course will provide an overview of both the theological thought of the Fathers of the Church (patristics in the strict sense) and their life and writings (patrology). The rich ethnic and cultural diversity of Christian thought will be highlighted through study of primary sources.


LT 100 Introduction to Liturgy and the Sacramental Mysteries (Petras) 

(3 hours; 1 semester)

This course presents a historical, theological, and methodological introduction to the study of Byzantine liturgical prayer and worship in general, with a particular emphasis on the Eucharistic Liturgy, and a systematic introduction to the Sacraments of the Church.


MT 104 Marriage, Sexuality and Bioethical Problems (Minerd) 

(2 hours; 1 semester)

This course examines, in a holistic manner, the basic elements of the Catholic Church’s teaching on marriage and sexuality. The Biblical foundations, historical and theological development of the Catholic tradition of marriage and sexuality will be presented with special attention to Church documents on these subjects. In addition, questions pertaining to sexuality will be considered as related to particular contemporary bioethical topics such as abortion, fertility technologies, and the ethics of genetic modification technologies. The pastoral dimensions of premarital counseling and evaluation will also be considered.


SS 100 Introduction to Sacred Scripture (Hochendoner) 

(3 hours; 1 semester)

This introductory course examines the foundations for the study of the Bible. It will introduce methodologies like the historical-critical method as well as typology, allegory and other interpretive methods as well as a thoroughgoing introduction to the various genres of Scripture. The building blocks of Biblical work (academic as well as homiletic) will be achieved through a word study.


SS 210 Blessed is the Kingdom: Salvation History in Scripture and Tradition (Dozier) 

(2 hours; 1 semester)

This graduate course explores the main elements of the Bible’s great story of the Kingdom of God from Genesis to Revelation, most especially in light of the Byzantine Christian theological and liturgical tradition. Using the catechetical framework of the Seven Ages of the Kingdom™, students will learn the central stories and themes of the Bible’s grand narrative of salvation history from the ages of Creation, Patriarchs, and Exodus, Empire, Exile, Messiah, and Church. By completing this two-part course, the student will be able to answer the following questions:

  • What is the great story of the Bible, uniting the Old and New Testaments?
  • What are the major themes and stories of each of the Seven Ages of the Kingdom™, from Genesis to Revelation?
  • How does God’s plan of salvation unfold in the history of Israel and the Church?
  • In what way did God prophetically prefigure Christ and His Kingdom in the Old Testament?
  • How is God’s unfolding plan of salvation reflected in the faith, worship and life of Byzantine Christians, especially as seen in the patrimony of the Church Fathers?
  • What role does the Church’s tradition of biblical catechesishave for today?


WR 202 Thesis Writing 

(1 hour; 1 semester)

This is intended as a second semester research class where students continue to edit and refine their thesis for eventual submission.