Eastern Orthodox Christianity


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The Essential Texts

Bryn Geffert and Theofanis G. Stavrou

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Two leading academic scholars offer the first comprehensive source reader on the Eastern Orthodox church for the English-speaking world. Designed specifically for students and accessible to readers with little or no previous knowledge of theology or religious history, this essential, one-of-a-kind work frames, explores, and interprets Eastern Orthodoxy through the use of primary sources and documents. Lively introductions and short narratives that touch on anthropology, art, law, literature, music, politics, women’s studies, and a host of other areas are woven together to provide a coherent and fascinating history of the Eastern Orthodox Christian tradition.

Bryn Geffert is librarian of the college and lecturer in the department of history at Amherst College and formerly associate professor of Russian area studies at St. Olaf College. Theofanis Stavrou is professor of history and director of Modern Greek Studies at the University of Minnesota.

“Geffert and Stavrou deserve high praise for crafting an attractive and engaging volume that enhances the understanding of relevant context, geography, persons, and episodes in church history.”—Theophilus Prousis, University of North Florida

“This important work introduces students to the largely unknown and often inaccessible world of Eastern Christianity.”—Christine Worobec, Northern Illinois University

“This work expands our understanding of the Christian experience, as it has shaped the world in which we live.”—Robert Nichols, emeritus at St. Olaf College

“Expertly glossed and abundantly supplemented, this rich sourcebook sets the standard when it comes to introducing the historical road of Eastern Orthodoxy, from the bible to the post-Soviet present.”—Bruce Marshall, Southern Methodist University

“The authors have compiled a rich collection of primary sources on Eastern Orthodox Christianity.  Their expert command of the material, concise descriptions, and multidisciplinary approach enhance this innovative anthology.”—Theophilus Prousis, University of North Florida

“This thoughtfully curated compendium is everything it set out to be: accessible, lively, diverse, multidisciplinary, multicultural, and multisensory. As with the best reference books, a brief visit will evolve into informative, captivating hours.”—Peter C. Bouteneff, Beginnings: Ancient Christian Readings of the Biblical Creation Narratives.

“Bryn Geffert and Theofanis G. Stavrou’s Eastern Orthodox Christianity: The Essential Texts is a most welcome resource for individuals seeking access to standard texts of the Orthodox tradition, as well as scholars [who] teach Orthodox Christian history and theology.”—Brenda Llewellyn Ihssen, Reading Religion

“[A] superb collection.”—Kristine Q. Baker, Washington Book Review

“The work of Geffert and Stavrou is a magnificent gift to the study and teaching of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, and will certainly enable a richer textual and aesthetic approach to this study and teaching.”—Joshua Lollar, Russian Review

"This work makes an outstanding contribution to the study of Eastern Orthodox Christianity by providing a faith tradition which may not be familiar to many students and other readers with an interest in the history of Christianity."—Matthew Lee Miller, Modern Greek Studies Yearbook
ISBN: 9780300196788
Publication Date: May 24, 2016
480 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
48 b/w illus.

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