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date: 21 January 2019

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The chapter approaches medieval Byzantine thinking on sacraments within the context of theological developments both in the Byzantine East and the Latin West, with focus on controversies over sacramental issues between Greeks and Latins. It summarizes current research on sources and loci, introduces the reader to Byzantine naming and numbering of the “mysteries of the church,” and seeks to discern the core of the idea of sacramentality in medieval Greek theology. The policy of liturgical Byzantinization pursued by Constantinople in the post-iconoclast centuries led to disagreements and clashes with other Christian traditions in the sacramental area; these controversies spurred theological reflection on sacramental rites. Special consideration is given to the role that different theological approaches and styles (monastic, “imperial,” humanist) played in shaping sacramental thought in Byzantium. The author advocates further study of the contribution of humanist theologians to sacramental theology, which could open refreshing perspectives on Byzantine theological thought.

Keywords: sacraments, Byzantine sacramental theology, controversies between Latin West and Byzantine East, azymes, Byzantinization, Byzantine monasticism, humanist theology, Synodikon of orthodoxy, Symeon of Thessalonike, Nikolaos Kabasilas

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