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Melkite History Class Bundle


Melkite History

Melkite History Class Bundle

These five books are for The History of the Melkite Greek-Catholic Church of Antioch course. You can find out more about the course here.

The Melkite Greek Catholic Church is one of the five patriarchal Churches of Antioch. Melkite History is replete with stories of Apostolic zeal, Imperial Byzantium, Ottoman intrigue and Latin missionaries. Described by some as an 'Orthodox Church in communion with Rome,' Melkites identify themselves along a spectrum between (often imagined) Orthodoxy and Latinization. Are Melkites bridge or window; church or rite?

This course considers the roots of the Church of Antioch from Apostolic times and the rich variety of Churches that claim Antiochian heritage with emphasis on the Antiochian Church(es) who follow the Byzantine rite. Readings, lectures and discussions examine the events that led up to communion with Rome in 1724 and the Melkite role in Vatican Councils I and Il, along with the important personalities involved. Finally, consideration is given to the history and growth of the Melkite Church in the United States to the present. Throughout the course, we will define and discuss Uniatism, Orientalism, Orthodoxy, Latinization, ecclesiology, self-identity and ecumenism.

Books in the bundle:

  1. Melkites: Greek-Orthodox and Greek Catholics of the Patriarchates of Antioch, Alexandria and Jerusalem
  2. The Melkite Church: An Historic and Ecclesiological Apprach
  3. Maximos IV at Vatican II: A Quest for Autonomy
  4. The Courage to be Ourselves: the Legacy of Archbishop Joseph Tawil
  5. Standing on their Shoulders: Stories of the First Melkite Priests in America
Price: $60.00
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The Melkite Church: An Historical and Ecclesiological Approach

A survey of the development of the Melkite community united with Rome from it's beginnings as a movement in the seventeenth century, characterized by a de facto communion with Rome, and it's formal establishment as a distinct entity in the eighteenth century. Descy traces the subsequent shift from a communion of autonomous Churches to one of increasing legal and intellectual dependence on the Roman Church, followed by its recovery of a more authentically Eastern ecclesiology and practice in the twentieth century. Formerly a lecturer at the Institute Catholique des Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Brussels and associate professor at the Saint Paul Institute of Philosophy and Theology in Harissa, Lebanon Father Serge now lives as a hermit in Lebanon.

Translated from the French by Kenneth J. Mortimer; with a preface by Archbishop Joseph Tawil.

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Author: Father Serge Descy
Pages: 106
Publisher: Sophia Press
Year: 1993

Price: $9.00
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Melkites: Greek Orthodox and Greek Catholics of the Patriarchates of Antioch, Alexandria and Jerusalem

A non-technical survey of the faith, history, and life of the Melkite Church — both Catholic and Orthodox — written for the average reader. Updated and translated from the 1994 French edition. A bird's-eye view of the following topics is presented:

  • a brief history of the Melkite Church
  • the division within the Church
  • the difficulties suffered under Islamic rule
  • the historical development of Church doctrine
  • Melkite' iconography and architecture
  • famous writers

as well as a quick tour of the Liturgy, spirituality, monasticism, and church law.

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Author: Archimandrite Ignatios Dick
Pages: 223
Publisher: Sophia Press
Year: 2004

Price: $6.00
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Maximos IV at Vatican II: A Quest for Autonomy

In this engaging book, Fr. Murphy chronicles the participation, influence, and lasting impact of l'enfant terrible, Melkite Patriarch Maximos IV Sayegh, at the Second Vatican Council. Fr. Murphy was aided in his extensive research “by my fortunate access to primary sources and personalities at the Council who shared generously of their experiences…” The late Archbishop Joseph Tawil gave Fr. Murphy “many hours of his time in recollecting his own first hand involvement with the dynamics of the Council deliberations and his participation in the many weeks of preparation made by the Melkite bishops prior to the Council and the interaction of the Melkite bishops with other bishops who participated in the various sessions of the Council.” In addition, Fr. Murphy was also given access to the unpublished works of the late Archimandrite Orestes Kerame, a long-time friend of Archbishop Tawil and an erudite peritus to Maximos IV at the Council, as well as the unpublished daily journal of Archbishop Neophytos Edelby who served as a counselor to Maximos throughout the various sessions of the Council.

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Author: Rt. Rev. Gerasimos T. Murphy
Pages: 182
Publisher: Sophia Press
Year: 2011
ISBN: 978-0-615-56974-1

Price: $15.00
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The Patriarchate of Antioch Throughout History: An Introduction

Archbishop Joseph Tawil's work is a complete, highly readable introduction to the Church of Antioch's contribution to the universal Church. Among the many topics included:

  • Liturgical institutions of the East
  • the Melkite Popes
  • Christians under Islam
  • the Melkite Patriarchates
  • Rome and Constantinople

Archbishop Tawil makes the all-important and often tragic history of the Church of Antioch come alive.

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Author: Archbishop Joseph Tawil
Pages: 266
Publisher: Sophia Press
Year: 2001

Price: $6.00
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