The Eastern Orthodox Churches

Concise Histories with Chronological Checklists of Their Primates


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About the Book

This guide to the Eastern Orthodox churches of the world is presented in alphabetical order by their chief sees or national boundaries. Each entry includes a brief summary of the church’s history; the location, number, and language of its members; the official title of the primate; the language used in the church; primary sources for the entry; and a chronology of the reigns of the church’s primates from its founding to the present day.
A concise preface explains the criteria used to include churches in the book and the process by which the entries were created. Descriptions of more than 75 churches make up the bulk of the volume.
Following the individual entries are tables presenting comparative names of the primates (rendered in transcriptions of their original languages); statistical information about the primates (most common names, longest reigns); and current hierarchs as of 2004, arranged by church, date of accession, and date of birth. A glossary, selected bibliography and general index complete the work.

About the Author(s)

The late Michael Burgess was the retired head of technical services and collection development at California State University, San Bernardino. He was the author of numerous reference works, and also wrote literary and historical fiction. He lived in San Bernardino, California.

Bibliographic Details

Michael Burgess
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 332
Bibliographic Info: tables, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011 [2005]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6081-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0695-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

I. Church of Aght’amar      5

II. Church of Aghunie      8

III. Church of Albania      12

IV. Coptic Church of Alexandria      14

V. Coptic Catholic Church of Alexandria      20

VI. Greek Church of Alexandria      22

VII. Latin Church of Alexandria      27

VIII. Churches of America      29

IX. Greek Church of Antioch      33

X. Greek Melkite Catholic Church of Antioch      39

XI. Latin Church of Antioch      45

XII. Maronite Church of Antioch      48

XIII. Syrian Catholic Church of Antioch      52

XIV. Syrian Orthodox “Jacobite” Church of Antioch      57

XV. Church of Armenia      63

XVI. Church of Assyria (Church of the East)      69

XVII. Churches of Austria-Hungary (Cernovci, Karlovci, Sibiu)      76

XVIII. Chaldean Church of Babylon      83

XIX. Church of Belarus      89

XX. Church of Bulgaria      91

XXI. Church of China      97

XXII. Armenian Apostolic Church of Cilicia      98

XXIII. Armenian Catholic Church of Cilicia      101

XXIV. Armenian Church of Constantinople      103

XXV. Greek Church of Constantinople (Ecumenical Patriarchate)      107

XXVI. Latin Church of Constantinople      119

XXVII. Church of Crete      123

XXVIII. Church of Cyprus      126

XXIX. Church of Czechoslovakia      132

XXX. Church of Eritrea      134

XXXI. Church of Estonia      135

XXXII. Church of Ethiopia      138

XXXIII. Church of Finland      145

XXXIV. Church of Georgia      147

XXXV. Church of Greece      154

XXXVI. Churches of India      160

XXXVII. Church of Japan      177

XXXVIII. Armenian Church of Jerusalem      179

XXXIX. Greek Church of Jerusalem      183

XL. Latin Church of Jerusalem      188

XLI. Church of Latvia      190

XLII. Church of Macedonia (Ohrid)      193

XLIII. Church of Moldova      198

XLIV. Church of Montenegro      200

XLV. Church of Poland      203

XLVI. Church of Romania      205

XLVII. Church of Rome      209

XLVIII. Church of Russia      218

XLIX. Church of Serbia (PeW)      225

L. Church of the Sinai      230

LI. Churches of Ukraine      233

Appendix 1. Name Variants      243

Appendix 2. Statistical Comparisons      251

Appendix 3. Current Hierarchs by Church      253

Appendix 4. Current Hierarchs by Date of Accession      257

Appendix 5. Current Hierarchs by Date of Birth      259

Selected Bibliography      261

Index of Primates      267

Book Reviews & Awards

“useful”—ARBA; “commendable…important and helpful volume…valuable and unique”—Eastern Ecclesial Polity.