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The Alexandrian Legacy



Unit Weighting         

9 cps

Type of Unit         

Specialised Graduate Unit


T8581A Church Fathers: An Introduction

Academic Staff     

Very Rev. Dr Doru Costache, BTh (Bucharest 1993), PhD (Bucharest 2000), Senior Lecturer

Curriculum Objectives

This graduate course unit explores representatives of the Alexandrian patristic tradition from the second to the fifth century within their historical milieu, their connections with other strands of tradition, and their lasting significance for the history of theology and the Christian experience.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. appraise the historical, ecclesial and cultural contexts within which the representatives of the Alexandrian tradition flourished
  2. evaluate the ways in which the Alexandrians assimilated and transformed the earlier Christian tradition
  3. display a profound awareness of the theological, exegetical and spiritual legacy of the Alexandrians
  4. critically analyse the selected writings of the Alexandrians from the viewpoint of their theological, exegetical and spiritual significance
  5. critically assess the relevant scholarship


  1. The historical and cultural context of the Alexandrian tradition
  2. The early Christian roots of the Alexandrian tradition
  3. Main representatives of the Alexandrian tradition
  4. The theological significance of the Alexandrian tradition
  5. The exegetical significance of the Alexandrian tradition
  6. The spiritual significance of the Alexandrian tradition

Assessment Profile

  1. Show the capacity to critically assess the relevant literature (e.g. summaries, reviews or short essays).
  2. Demonstrate an awareness of the main trends and themes in the Alexandrian tradition (e.g. essay on a particular aspect).
  3. Assess the significance of the Alexandrian tradition in relation to earlier and later theological, exegetical and spiritual trends (e.g. essay on a given topic).


3hr lecture per week on campus, or via distance education