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Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai Theologia Orthodoxa
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ISSN (Print) 1224-0869
Published by Babes-Bolyai University Homepage  [4 journals]
  • The Education of the Apostle John Between Discipleship and the Fourth

    • Authors: Olimpiu Nicolae Benea
      Pages: 5 - 18
      Abstract: The synoptic gospels present the Apostle John, during the three years of discipleship next to Jesus Christ, in a different way than the Gospel of John. Along with his older brother, James, and the Apostle Peter, he is part of the small, intimate group, which is present at all the important events of the Saviour’s ministry. Jesus chooses to change John into a disciple of “love,” of gentleness, of compassion by accepting him, by unconditional love, and by entrusting him as the son of Mary, the Mother of God. The paradigm of life is shaped in his new relationship, a fact proved by the writing of the fourth Gospel: he does not mention his name, he describes himself as the disciple “whom Jesus loved”, the emphasis on love is twice as great as that of truth and justice.
      PubDate: 2021-12-30
      DOI: 10.24193/subbto.2021.2.01
      Issue No: Vol. 66, No. 2 (2021)
  • The Concept of "Conqueror" in the Letters of the Apocalypse

    • Authors: Traian Gheorghe Mocan
      Pages: 19 - 38
      Abstract: This study examines the notion of “conqueror” as found in Revelation 2-3, specifically at the end of the seven letters addressed by the Saviour of the churches of Asia Minor. An exegetical investigation was carried out, following the immediate context in which the term is used, but also the general message of the letter. A central place is occupied by the promises made to the victor and which give us a broad perspective on the relationship that Christ has with His Church. These promises are an integral part of the body of each letter, an indispensable and motivating rhetorical element.
      PubDate: 2021-12-31
      DOI: 10.24193/subbto.2021.2.02
      Issue No: Vol. 66, No. 2 (2021)
  • Following Jesus Christ. Understanding Orthodox Mission Today, in Theory
           and Praxis

    • Authors: Evi Voulgaraki
      Pages: 39 - 50
      Abstract: The following article examines the notion of mission linked to discipleship and witness to Christ. It highlights the basics of Orthodox Theology of Mission according to the Orthodox heritage and modern theological thinking, taking also into consideration catholicity and unity in space and time. It discusses the reemergence of missionary awareness in the late 20th century and the problems facing our missional theology in pluralistic modern times. It concludes by examining the actual possibilities and shortcomings of Orthodox mission in the 21st century as well as recent initiatives to re-energize missionary vision and missiological scholarship in the Orthodox churches.
      PubDate: 2021-12-30
      DOI: 10.24193/subbto.2021.2.03
      Issue No: Vol. 66, No. 2 (2021)
  • The Holy and Great Council and the Orthodox Diaspora. National Temptations
           and Missionary Challenges

    • Authors: Dimitrios Keramidas
      Pages: 51 - 68
      Abstract: This article explores the issue of the Orthodox diaspora from an ecclesiological, nationalist and missionary perspective. To achieve these themes, the article is divided into four main parts. In the first part, is evaluated the new situation of the Mother Orthodox Churches, founding new canonical territories. At the same time, the rule of having only one bishop in a city was violated, leading to parallel canonical jurisdictions. Unfortunately, most of the time this reality is created because of national interests and not missionaries. However, the solution can only be obtained synodically. In the second part, where he talks about the document Orthodox Diaspora, approved at the Holy and Great Synod in Crete, the article criticizes certain decisions, as well as the lack of reaching a final consensus regarding diaspora. Exploring this non-canonical situation, the article proposes two solutions that do not exclude each other. The first of these refers to the possibility of an ecclesiastical emancipation of the Orthodox diaspora. The second concerns the establishment of a “First” by delegation. The last part of the article talks about the missionary witness of the diaspora. In essence, the mission is just a natural continuation of the Liturgy. That is why the article proposes as a typological model the proclamationdialogue-cooperation.
      PubDate: 2021-12-30
      DOI: 10.24193/subbto.2021.2.04
      Issue No: Vol. 66, No. 2 (2021)
  • Roles of Diaspora Christians in Mission and Evangelism from an African
           Orthodox Perspective

    • Authors: John Ngige Njoroge
      Pages: 69 - 78
      Abstract: This paper will focus on the specific roles that the diaspora orthodox Christian can play in mission and evangelism today. The main objective is to bring into the attention, and especially from a missiological point of view, the fact that the diaspora Christians can have an active role to play in the mission of the church. The active Orthodox Church missions has been understand to mean overseas mission and especially in Africa, Asia and in the Albania. However, in the course of the orthodox Christian migration history, there has been missiological connection between the diaspora Christians in the hosting countries and their respective home countries. The focus of this paper is on this missiological connection and how it can translate to an active role of the involved Christians to the mission of the church in Africa. The paper tracks the mission praxis of the diaspora Christians in Africa and beyond.
      PubDate: 2021-12-30
      DOI: 10.24193/subbto.2021.2.05
      Issue No: Vol. 66, No. 2 (2021)
  • The Romanian Orthodox Church in the late 1940s and 1950s, According to the
           CIA Archives

    • Authors: Dragoș Boicu
      Pages: 79 - 94
      Abstract: The history of the Romanian Orthodox Church during the communist regime is still far from being known and the historical circumstances are not yet fully understood. In addition to numerous historical sources that can shed light on this rather vast subject, an important resource proves to be the CIA archive. Recently declassified documents reflect a new set of information and describe circumstances that allow for a more nuanced interpretation of the position of Patriarch Justinian Marina in the 1940s and 1950s. This paper aim to explore the Information Reports and Staff notes prepared by the CIA analysts during this period.
      PubDate: 2021-12-30
      DOI: 10.24193/subbto.2021.2.06
      Issue No: Vol. 66, No. 2 (2021)
  • Care for the Departed for the Benefit of the Living

    • Authors: Marija Girevska
      Pages: 95 - 102
      Abstract: This article explores the care for the departed in the liturgical practice of the Eastern Orthodox Church. The Divine Liturgy and the memorial services show how the Church prays for both the departed and the mourners, thus creating a cycle of ecclesiastical communion. We are reminded of the greatness of the benefit of praying for and to the departed and of the mode of our salvation.
      PubDate: 2021-12-30
      DOI: 10.24193/subbto.2021.2.07
      Issue No: Vol. 66, No. 2 (2021)
  • Roland Clark, Religious Reform and Sectarianism in Interwar Romania. The
           Limits of Orthodoxy and Nation Building, Bloomsbury Publishing, UK, 2021,
           232 p.

    • Authors: Dănuț Marcel Bumbu
      Pages: 103 - 108
      PubDate: 2021-12-30
      Issue No: Vol. 66, No. 2 (2021)
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