• Introduction to the Holy Bible ( Definition, Date of Writing, the Uniqueness of the Holy Bible, the Supernatural Origin of the Bible, Short Survey of the Bible),
    A Review on the New Testament (Content and Style, Description by Style, Authors, Brief Biography of Each Author, The Eyewitnesses Testimony, The Time and Location of New Testament Events, The Life of our Lord Jesus Christ, The Motives of the Authors , The Outcome of the Eyewitnesses),
    Canon of the New Testament,
    The New Testament’s Relation to the Old Testament,
    The New Testament Fulfillment of some Old Testament Messianic Prophecies,

    The Priesthood of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the Order of Melchizedek
    Fulfilled Prophecies and Typologies about Holy Virgin Mary,
    Mosaic Law in the New Testament



  • Background History of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church, Non-Chalcedonian ties of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church, Liturgical Life of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church

    Islamic Threat against Ethiopian Christians and the beginning of foreign relations of the Ethiopian Orthodox Christians with the Chalcedonian Christians: Islamic Threat against Christian Ethiopian and the Council of Florence, the arrival of the Portuguese Mission in Ethiopia, the battle with governor of Adal named Mahfuz, the rise of Ahmad Gragn supported by the Turks against Christian Ethiopia, the defeat of Ahmad Gragn and the help of the Portuguese Army

    Religious Conflict with the Jesuit Mission in Ethiopia: the Civil War, the restoration of the Orthodox Tewahido Faith and the Expulsion of the Jesuits From Ethiopia, Christological Controversy among Ethiopian Scholars, Theological Controversies in Gondar, Theological Controversies in the 19th Century

    The Return of the Catholic Mission to Ethiopia


  • Definition and nature of the Church, Division within the Church, Non-Chalcedonian and Chalcedonian Churches, Ecumenical Efforts towards the Unity of Non-Chalcedonian and Chalcedonian Churches,

    Historical Background to the Council of Chalcedon (451 Ad) and the Theological Disputes in the East and West: the Two Theological Schools ( the School of Alexandria and the School of Antioch), Nestorius of Constantinople and St. Cyril of Alexandria, the Third Ecumenical Council of Ephesus (AD 431), from the Council of Ephesus to the Council of Chalcedon, the Formulary Reunion (433AD) and the Events After, the Home Synod of Constantinople (AD 448), the Second Council of Ephesus (AD 449).

    The Council of Chalcedon (AD 451): Christology contained in the Doctrinal Teachings of St. Dioscorus of Alexandria, the Tome of Leo, the Symbol of Chalcedon and Its Criticism,

    The church after the Council of Chalcedon to the Seventh Century: the Struggle of Chalcedonians and Non-Chalcedonians in the East, the Struggle at Alexandria, the Struggle in Jerusalem, the Struggle in Antioch,

    Imperial Attempts to Restore Peace: the Encyclical of Emperor Basiliscus, the Henoticon of Zeno, the Reign of Emperor Anastasius, Emperor Justinian, attempts at the 5th General Council (AD 553)

  • A study of the seven sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance or Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony
  • Course Contents:
       
    • INTRODUCTION - Sources of Orthodox Dogmatic Theology.
    • THE EXISTENCE OF GOD - Philosophical and Theological Arguments, the Essence and Moral attributes of God.
    • TRINITARIAN THEOLOGY - Unity in Diversity, Monotheistic Characters of the Triune God, Significance of Trinitarian Theology in Human Redemption, and Trinitarian Controversies.
    • CHRISTOLOGY - The Mystery of Incarnation, the Divinity of Christ, the Nature of Christ, and Christological Controversies.
    • MARIOLOGY – St. Mary’s Hagiography, Veneration, Covenant of Perpetual Virginity, Symbols and Titles of the Theotokos.
    • THE THEOLOGY OF INTERCESSION – Veneration and Intercession of the Blessed Saints, and Holy Angles, Addressing Prayers to the Saints and Angles.
    • HOLY SACRAMENTS – the Seven Sacraments, the Mystery of Worship, Eucharistic Doctrine and Eucharistic Controversies.
    • SOTERIOLOGY - Anthropology, the Nature of the Human Soul, Evil and Sin, and The Dogma of Redemption.
    • CHRISTINA ESCHATOLOGY - The Future of the World and Mankind, Life After Death, the Controversy of Purgatory, and the Second Advent of Christ
    • Course Description:
    • This is a doctrinal course prepared in accordance with the Teachings of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church based on Biblical and Patristic writings. The course aims to provide introduction to the Orthodox Understanding of the Dogmatic Theology to those who have been looking for online programs.

      Student Learning Outcomes:

      Students will be able to
      1. Understand dogmatic differences between the Oriental, the Chalcedonina Orthodox, The Roman Catholic and the Protestant Churches.
      2. Comprehend the dogmatic position of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in the Christendom.
      3. Have an overview of the major heretical teachings and the Historical Controversies that challenged the life of the Apostolic Church in light of the Biblical and Patristic writings.
      4. Notice differences between the Orthodox Dogmatic Teachings, and non-Orthodox traditions, and customs that seem to be occasionally mingled each other.