The volume collects selected papers from the fifth annual APECSS conference which focused on the topic of letters from Christian Antiquity. The conference papers deal with epistolography from the apostle Paul up to Theodore the Studite (ninth century), considered in different aspects, namely, historiography of studies, literary form, Church history, dogmatic contents, attribution, etc. Other patristic studies include hagiography, liturgics, Christian art, early Egyptian monasticism, Islamic-Christian relations in the Middle Ages, and the Jewish background of Christianity.
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The volume includes selected papers of the fifth APECSS annual conference (Sendai, Japan, 2009) and other patristic studies. The conference papers deal with the letters from Christian Antiquity, from apostle Paul up to Theodore the Studite (ninth century), considered in different aspects, namely, historiography of studies, literary form, Church history, dogmatic contents, attribution, etc. Among the considered authors are Ephrem the Syrian, fathers of the Pachomian coenobium, Jerome, John Chrysostom, Eusebius of Vercelli, Augustine, Dionysius the Areopagite, Severus of Antioch. The other patristic studies are dedicated to the St Sophia church in Constantinople (its hagiographic program compared with that of the Holy Sepulchre church in Jerusalem; in appendix, the first English translation from Georgian of the sermon of John of Bolnisi on the consecration of Jerusalem churches), the program of unification between Christianity and Islam by George of Trebizond (fifteenth century Byzantine thinker), recuperation of the sources concerning the eleven monasteries founded by St Pachomius in Egypt, dogmatic views of Anthony Bulatovich (a Russian Palamite theologian of the early twentieth century) expressed in the Church polemics about the veneration of the Name of God. The volume also contains notes on the Qumranic calendars in their main contexts, Christian Ethiopian astronomical treatises and Babylonian astronomy, and book reviews.