Degree – Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Disciplines: exegetics and theology of the Gospels, exegetics and theology of Paul, the method of theological research, biblical hermeneutics, theology of the Old Testament, New Testament Greek.
Over the last decade, a paradigm shift is seen in studying the life and practices of the early Christian church. More and more, modern researchers are moving from dominating in the twentieth century literary-critical approach to the study of early Christian texts to the historical and sociological, which draws to study aspects of the material culture of the Hellenistic world, in the context of which the first Christian communities were formed and developed. The new approach has widened the scope for the study of sociological aspects of the assembly of the first Christians, such as time and place of meetings, social structure and relationships between participants in meetings, etc. A careful reading of New Testament texts and authors of the second and third centuries, it seems necessary to study various aspects liturgical practices of early Christian communities, as well as manifestations of religiosity of the early Christians in their daily lives.
List of publications:
Alikin, Valeriy A. The Earliest History of the Christian Gathering. Origin, Development and Content of the Christian Gathering in the First to Third Centuries. Leiden: Brill, 2010.
Alikin, Valeriy. “The Reading of Texts in the Graeco-Roman Symposium and the Christian Gathering.” In Symposion and Philanthropia in Plutarch, eds. José Ribeiro Ferreira, Delfim Leão, Manuel Tröster & Paula Barata Dias, pp. 103-112. Coimbra: Classica Digitalia / CECH, 2009.
Alikin, Valeriy. “The Origin of Sunday as the Christian Feast-Day.” In Feasts and Festivals, ed. Christopher Tuckett, pp. 161-170. Leuven: Peeters, 2009.
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