The Cambridge History of Christianity: Volume 5, Eastern Christianity

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Michael Angold
Cambridge University Press, Aug 17, 2006 - Religion - 722 pages
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This volume brings together in one compass the Orthodox Churches - the ecumenical patriarchate of Constantinople and the Russian, Armenian, Ethiopian, Egyptian and Syrian Churches. It follows their fortunes from the late Middle Ages until modern times - exactly the period when their history has been most neglected. Inevitably, this emphasises differences in teachings and experience, but it also brings out common threads, most notably the resilience displayed in the face of alien and often hostile political regimes. The central theme is the survival against the odds of Orthodoxy in its many forms into the modern era. The last phase of Byzantium proves to have been surprisingly important in this survival. It provided Orthodoxy with the intellectual, artistic and spiritual reserves to meet later challenges. The continuing vitality of the Orthodox Churches is evident for example in the Sunday School Movement in Egypt and the Zoe brotherhood in Greece.
  

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Contents

The Byzantine Commonwealth 10001500
3
Byzantium and the west 12041453
53
The culture of lay piety in medieval Byzantium 10541453
79
4 The rise of hesychasm
101
5 Art and liturgy in the later Byzantine Empire
127
6 Mount Athos and the Ottomans c 13501550
154
The Great Church in captivity 14531586
169
and nationalism
229
EASTERN CHRISTIANITIES
373
the Ethiopian Orthodox Tdwahedo Church
457
Coptic Christianity in modern Egypt
488
Syriac Christianity in the modern Middle East 5 11
511
Diaspora problems of the Russian emigration
539
The Orthodox Church and communism 55 8
558
24 Modern spirituality and the Orthodox Church
580
Bibliography
600

Russian piety and Orthodox culture 13801589
253
the CounterReformation
302

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About the author (2006)

Michael Angold was Professor of Byzantine History at the University of Edinburgh from 1996-2005. His publications include Church and Society in Byzantium Under the Comneni 1081-1261 (1995).