The Orthodox Church in the Byzantine Empire

The Orthodox Church in the Byzantine Empire

By (author) J.M. Hussey

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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.

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  • Paperback | 456 pages
  • 154 x 226 x 30mm | 698.53g
  • 20 May 2010
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 3 maps
  • 0199582769
  • 9780199582761
  • 659,665

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Review from previous edition As many universities begin to offer courses on the religious legacy of Byzantium ... one must welcome the publication of the first truly comprehensive work on the Byzantine Church in the English language by a seasoned Byzantinist ... The book does honour to the series.This excellent scholarly work, though written primarily for the non-specialist layman, will be invaluable to the undergraduate student and expert alike. Theological Studies This excellent scholarly work, though written primarily for the non-specialist layman, will be invaluable to the undergraduate student and expert alike. British Book News When Prof. Hussey's history of the Orthodox Church was published in 1986, it was immediately recognized as the standard treatment in English of its subject. Twenty years later, it is still the first book on the subject for any serious student. Peter Eaton, The Living Church

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