The Orthodox Church in the Byzantine Empire

Paperback | April 1, 2010

byJ. M. Hussey, Andrew Louth

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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 andorganization, and the spirituality of laity, monks, and clergy.

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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...

The late J. M. Hussey is formerly of the University of London and St. Hugh's College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:456 pagesPublished:April 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199582769

ISBN - 13:9780199582761

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Table of Contents

Andrew Louth: ForewordPart I:Challenge and Response within the Historical Framework1. The Christological Problem in the Early Middle Ages2. The Iconoclast Controversy 726-8433. The Age of Photius 843-8864. Leo VI's Dilemma: Nicholas Mysticus and Euthymius 886-9255. The Patriarchate (925-1025): The Predominance of Constantinople6. Increasing Pressures on Constantinople and the Widening Gap 1025-12047. The Effects of the Fourth Crusade 1204-12618. Contacts: Failure and Achievement 1258-1453Part II: Organization and Life of the Orthodox Church in Byzantium

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"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 01/05/08