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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 Five Controversies in Jerusalem: According to the Gospel of Matthew

    • Authors: Traian Gheorghe Mocan
      Pages: 7 - 24
      Abstract:  This study deals exegetically with five passages from the Gospel of Matthew (21:23-27; 22:15-22; 22:23-33; 22:34-40; 22:41-46). They describe the Saviour’s confrontations with the Jewish leaders in the last week of His earthly life. The topics discussed throughout these polemics reflect the theological concerns of Jesus’ interlocutors, especially the issues of authority, resurrection, law, and messiahship. These controversies eloquently express Jesus’ teaching quality. The Saviour’s presence and impact are given on the one hand by the content of his answers and his impeccable rhetoric. Besides the intrinsic theological value of these dialogues, they are also important from an ecclesiological and spiritual point of view. 
      PubDate: 2022-06-30
      DOI: 10.24193/DOI:10.24193/subbto.2022.1.01
      Issue No: Vol. 67, No. 1 (2022)
       
  • The Political Role of the Orthodox Clergy in the Union of the Romanian
           Principalities (1859)

    • Authors: Dragoș Boicu
      Pages: 25 - 40
      Abstract:  The union of the Romanian Principalities was a decisive moment in the history and evolution of the modern Romanian state, but its realization cannot be separated from the actions of the bishops and clergy, who were co-opted in the electoral process from the very beginning. The activity of the clergy was not strictly limited to the bureaucratic management of the elections but revealed a set of political beliefs, actively supporting the idea of Romanians’ national unity. This paper aims to insist on the political partisanship of the clergy respectively, on the immediate consequences of their involvement in political life. 
      PubDate: 2022-06-30
      DOI: 10.24193/DOI:10.24193/subbto.2022.1.02
      Issue No: Vol. 67, No. 1 (2022)
       
  • Kenotic Dialogue - A Paradigm for Christians Relations with their
           Neighbours

    • Authors: Teofil Stanciu
      Pages: 41 - 54
      Abstract:  This article represents an attempt to argue that if we are to apply Christ’s kenosis to our relationships, then a kenotic dialogue will be the appropriate way to interact with others. Starting from Martin Buber and some Christian thinkers, this paper will also emphasize the relational dimension of God’s image in human beings and the subsequent dialogue this image entails. Assuming the premise that Jesus Christ is the perfect human expression of God’s image and that this reality also impacts our human nature, the consequence might be that his kenotic dialogue with the world prompts an analog dialogue between God and us (in prayers) and between our neighbors and us. Because kenosis can be a tricky concept, it is adequate to mention that the kenotic perspective employed in this paper is that set out by the Orthodox theologian Dumitru Stăniloae. Finally, we hope to convince the reader that Christ’s kenosis is simultaneously the foundation and the model for our relationships network and enables us to a new way of interacting with people. 
      PubDate: 2022-06-30
      DOI: 10.24193/DOI:10.24193/subbto.2022.1.03
      Issue No: Vol. 67, No. 1 (2022)
       
  • Crisis of Language: Semantics in God-Discussion of the Fathers

    • Authors: Chongpongmeren Jamir
      Pages: 55 - 74
      Abstract: The early Christian discussion on the doctrine of God occurred primarily within the Hellenistic culture. Christians borrowed both concepts and religious and philosophical vocabularies from the existing culture to appropriate their faith. These concepts and vocabularies have inherent meanings associated with them. Thus, a Hellenization of Christianity has been argued for in the existing literature. On the other hand, baptizing them into Christian usage also resulted in a dehellenization of the cultural concepts and vocabularies. This essay focuses on the linguistic aspect of the interaction of Christianity with culture during its early years. It argues that Patristic discussion on God and Godhead needs to be understood within the dynamics of the crisis of language and the semantic differences that accompanied patristic appropriation of the Christian faith. 
      PubDate: 2022-06-30
      DOI: 10.24193/DOI:10.24193/subbto.2022.1.04
      Issue No: Vol. 67, No. 1 (2022)
       
  • Family as the Church in Miniature: A Panacea to Domestic Violence in
           Christian Families in Africa

    • Authors: John Michael Kiboi
      Pages: 75 - 94
      Abstract: Observably, many African Christians, on church-going days, put on reverend moods and are kind towards one another, both at home and at the Church premises. It is not uncommon that these same Christians are violent the rest of the week, treating members of their families unkindly. This shows how much the church is revered as a holy institution. This is the problem of sacred-secular dichotomy; between the church and worshipping days versus away from the church and non-worshipping days. Therefore, we argue that if the human institution –the family, is understood as God’s own instituted basic unit of the church and therefore holy, peace will prevail among its members. The approach applies the principle of analogia entis to argue that the human family is God’s family in the same manner we speak of the church as the Family of God since both are prefigured in God’s eternal plan. In this research, the anthropological data is gathered by non-probability sampling. 
      PubDate: 2022-09-13
      DOI: 10.24193/DOI:10.24193/subbto.2022.1.05
      Issue No: Vol. 67, No. 1 (2022)
       
  • The Byzantine Representation of the 'Announcement of the Nativity of
           the Theotokos' - Underlying Apocryphal Text, Patristic Reflections,
           

    • Authors: Stelian Pașca Tușa, Solomon Ștefan Gabriel
      Pages: 95 - 106
      Abstract:    The present study aims first and foremost to provide (ikon) painters with the theological content required to carry out a theoretical process of familiarisation with the basic notions that they would be recommended to take into consideration before starting to work on an ikon. In the absence of this information, a painter would find it difficult to understand the theological message of the event they are rendering in art form and therefore encounter significant hindrances in attaining the final goal of their confession of faith. Furthermore, by highlighting the way the pattern of representation of the ikon/scene has evolved and subsequently crystallised, this paper seeks to enable (ikon) painters to understand the defining elements that lie at the foundation of the Byzantine model for representing an event are, to avoid the exclusion of certain essential details from their renditions, which need to fit into the dynamism of Church Tradition. To that end, we have set out to apply these theoretical rigors to a scene from the life of the Mother of God – the announcement of her birth –to provide the reader with the opportunity to take note of the steps to follow before creating an ikon/scene. 
      PubDate: 2022-06-30
      DOI: 10.24193/DOI:10.24193/subbto.2022.1.06
      Issue No: Vol. 67, No. 1 (2022)
       
  • Early Childhood in Today's Family. The Christian Landmarks in the
           Lives of our Children

    • Authors: Mihaela Brânză
      Pages: 107 - 121
      Abstract:    Early childhood represents the most important developmental period. Parents are nowadays confronted with serious challenges in their educational strivings. Many young spouses choose to learn about child psychology to overcome the difficulties raised by a baby’s presence. Christian parents delineate their educational efforts by taking into consideration God’s commandments. Prayer and patience are combined so that a loving dialogue conducts all the family interactions. Pre-schoolers are extremely attentive to what their parents do every day. Their kind gestures and words form the child’s personality. Participation in the liturgical program of a church proves the authentic faith of the parents. Accustomed to the intense atmosphere of a dynamic ecclesial community, the Christian children are taught how to use theological teaching in their daily life. They learn important rules and limits about emotional reactions, expressing compassion, and loving their family, friends, and even strangers. The model provided by mum and dad always had a formative effect. Christian parents instil in their children the willingness to follow love, faith, and trust as the main virtues that a human being can hope for. 
      PubDate: 2022-06-30
      DOI: 10.24193/DOI:10.24193/subbto.2022.1.07
      Issue No: Vol. 67, No. 1 (2022)
       
  • Ermil i Stratonik. Sveti ranohrišćanski mučenici beogradski (Ермил
           и Стратоник. Свети ранохришћански
           мученици београдски), ed. Dubravka Preradović
           (Дубравка Прерадовић), Balkanološki Institut Srpske
           akademije nauka i umetnosti, Belgrade, 2022, 216 p.

    • Authors: Traian Bundra
      Pages: 123 - 126
      PubDate: 2022-09-13
      Issue No: Vol. 67, No. 1 (2022)
       
  • Marius Telea, Istoria și spiritualitatea Imperiului Bizantin (The History
           and Spirituality of The Byzantine Empire), vol. I: Istoria Imperiul
           Imperiului Bizantin (The History of The Byzantine Empire), Alba Iulia,
           Editura Reîntregirea, 2021, 884 p.

    • Authors: Calin Ioan Dușe
      Pages: 127 - 130
      PubDate: 2022-09-13
      Issue No: Vol. 67, No. 1 (2022)
       
 
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