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Leonidas Philippidis And The Beginnings Of The History Of Religions As An Academic Discipline In Greece

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Like many other countries in the European periphery, Greece's progress in theological domain remained under the formative influence of developments that took place in West European countries including Germany. First, the institutionalization of the history of religions within the Divinity School of University of Athens, an Orthodox denominational school, owes much to Leonidas Philippidis. Prior to Philippidis, the study of religions from a historical perspective was practiced in the Greek context in a fragmentary way and was almost exclusively situated within the Orthodox theological domain. In Leipzig, Philippidis followed other courses as well, such as in Old Testament studies, in which he successfully passed the examinations for the Hebraicum. His main mentor in Leipzig was Hans Haas, who had been professor there since 1915. Upon his return to Greece, Philippidis continued his research and writing activities and submitted his Habilitation in 1934 on the Vedanta-theory about sorrow and redemption.

Keywords: Habilitation; Hebraicum; Leonidas Philippidis; Orthodox theology; West European countries



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