Universität Wien

010048 FS "Sion, Mother of All Churches" (2015W)

The History, Theology and Liturgy of Christians in Jerusalem and Palestine

6.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 1 - Katholische Theologie
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

Studierende der Byzantinistik haben eine Extraleistung von 2 ECTS zu erbringen


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Achtung: Die Lehrveranstaltung beginnt am 08.10.2015.

Donnerstag 08.10. 18:30 - 20:00 Seminarraum 2 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Donnerstag 22.10. 18:30 - 20:00 Seminarraum 2 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Donnerstag 29.10. 18:30 - 20:00 Seminarraum 2 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Donnerstag 05.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Seminarraum 2 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Donnerstag 12.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Seminarraum 2 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Donnerstag 19.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Seminarraum 2 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Donnerstag 26.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Seminarraum 2 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Donnerstag 03.12. 18:30 - 20:00 Seminarraum 2 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Donnerstag 10.12. 18:30 - 20:00 Seminarraum 2 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Donnerstag 17.12. 18:30 - 20:00 Seminarraum 2 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Donnerstag 07.01. 18:30 - 20:00 Seminarraum 2 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Donnerstag 14.01. 18:30 - 20:00 Seminarraum 2 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Donnerstag 21.01. 18:30 - 20:00 Seminarraum 2 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Donnerstag 28.01. 18:30 - 20:00 Seminarraum 2 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

This seminar examines selected topics in the history, theology, and liturgy of Christians in Jerusalem and Palestine, from Constantine until the present day.
Topics covered will include the history of Late Antique Jerusalem, the development of the Holy City's sacred topography, the rise of pilgrimage (i.e. Egeria, Itinerarium), sacramental theology and baptismal catechesis (i.e. Cyril/John of Jerusalem, Mystagogical Catecheses), liturgy (i.e. Great Lectionary of Jerusalem in Armenian and Georgian translation), monasticism (i.e. Cyril of Skythopolis, Life of St. Sabas), the development of Arab Christianity, and the influence of the Crusades. The seminar will conclude with an examination of the current situation of Christians in Jerusalem and Palestine.
Students will prepare for each seminar session by familiarising themselves with the assigned primary readings in order to actively participate in seminar discussions. Other assignments will include a brief presentation (max. 10 minutes) introducing one of the texts read in class, as well as a term paper on a topic related to the student's own research (to be approved by the instructor).
Prof. Harald Buchinger (Dean, Faculty of Theology, University of Regensburg) will also participate in several sessions of the seminar as a guest lecturer through the ERAMUS+ programme.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Referat (mit Power Point bzw. Handout), 20%; Seminararbeit
(Abgabe-Termin: 21.01.2016), 50%; Diskussion und aktive Teilnahme, 30%.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

The seminar intends to expose students to an interdisciplinary approach to studying theology through primary sources, as well as to academic writing and discussion in English.


The main method of this seminar will be to read and discuss primary texts related to the various topics addressed in the seminar. Students will be required to read primary texts (and encouraged to read recommended secondary literature) in preparation for each seminar session, in order that they may contribute to the topics being discussed.


Baldovin, John F., S.J. Liturgy in Ancient Jerusalem. Grove Liturgical Study 57, Nottingham: Grove Books, 1989.

Chitty, Derwas J. The Desert A City. An Introduction to the Study of Egyptian and Palestinian Monasticism under the Christian Empire. Oxford: Blackwell, 1966.

Christians and Christianity in the Holy Land. From the Origins to the Latin Kingdoms. Ed. Ora Limor and Guy G. Stroumsa. Turnhout: Brepols, 2006.

Cyril of Jerusalem. Lectures on the Christian Sacraments. The Procatechesis and the Five Mystagogical Catecheses. 3rd edition. Ed. F. L. Cross. Crestwood, N.Y.: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1995.

Égérie. Journal de voyage (Itinéraire). Ed. Pierre Maraval. Sources Chrétiennes 296. Paris: Cerf, 1982.

Gil, Moshe. A History of Palestine, 634-1099. Trans. Ethel Broido. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Sharing the Sacred: Religious Contacts and Conflicts in the Holy Land, First-Fifteenth Centuries CE. Ed. Arieh Kofsky and Guy G. Stroumsa. Jerusalem: Yad Izhak Ben Zvi, 1998.

Kyrillos von Skythopolis. Ed. Eduard Schwartz. Texte und Untersuchungen 49, Heft 2. Leipzig: Hinrichs, 1939.

McCormick, Michael. Charlemagne's Survey of the Holy Land. Wealth, Personnel, and Buildings of a Mediterranean Church between Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks, 2011.

The Pilgrimage of the Russian Abbot Daniel in the Holy Land, 1106-1107 A.D. Ed. C. W. Wilson. New York: AMS Press, 1971.

Pringle, Denys. The Churches of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. A Corpus. 4 vols. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993-2009.

Renoux, Athanase, ed. Le Codex Arménien Jérusalem 121..Vol. 2. Édition comparée du texte et de deux autres manuscrits. Patrologia Orientalis 36.2. Turnhout: Brepols, 1971.

The Sabaite Heritage in the Orthodox Church from the Fifth Century to the Present. Ed. Joseph Patrich. Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 98. Leuven: Peeters, 2001.

Viscuso, Patrick Demetrios. Guide for a Church Under Islam: The Sixty-Six Canonical Questions Attributed to Theodoros Balsamon. A Translation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate's Twelfth-Century Guidance to the Patriarchate of Alexandria. Foreword by Sidney H. Griffith. Brookline, Mass.: Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 2014.

Wilkinson, John. Jerusalem Pilgrims Before the Crusades. Warminster, England: Aris & Phillips, 1977.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

LV für Doktorat/PhD- Studium, für 011 (15W) FTH 17 oder FTH 26, 196 055 MA UF RK 02 oder RK 05, 066 796 MRP 9 , auslaufende Studienpläne: D31, DAM für 011 (11W, 08W), MAM für 793, FK 2 oder (freies) Wahlfach für 011 (02W), 020,

Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:27