Sacred History III

Adults (over 18 years of age)

Classes: February 7th-April 13th

6:00-7:30PM (eastern) M/W

Price: $400 US


Sacred history is the mystery of God’s providence, judgment, and love guiding the course of history while preserving man’s free will. It is also the history of Adam’s fall and God’s economy to save him from death, corruption, and sin. Finally, sacred history is the account of the preparation (Old Testament) and realization (New Testament) of the Word of God’s incarnation: His entry into history as the Son of God and the Son of Man.

In the previous courses (Sacred History I and II), we surveyed the sacred history of the Old Testament through the lives and teachings of the Holy Prophets. In the upcoming course, we will survey the teachings of the Major Prophets about Christ, life of the Holy Forerunner–the last and greatest of the Prophets–and of the Most-Holy Virgin. We will focus on the teachings of the Holy Prophets especially as they reveal the mystery of Christ and Theotokos. In the second part of the course, we will survey the life and ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ as the fulfillment of the law and the prophets. We will draw from Patristic commentary, hymnography, and liturgy.

Readings (to purchase)

  • Lexham. 2019. The Lexham English Septuagint. Bellingham: Lexham Press.
    •  or: St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology, Elk Grove, California. The Orthodox Study Bible. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2008.
  • St. Maximus the Confessor. 2012. The Life of the Virgin Mary. Trans. by Stephen J. Shoemaker. New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • Taushev, Averky. 2015. The Four Gospels. Trans. by Nicholas Kotar. Jordanville: Holy Trinity Publications.
  • Thornton, James. 2010. Of Whom the World Was Not Worthy: Sermons on the Lives and Works of The Patriarchs and Prophets of the Old Testament. Etna: Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies.

Fr. Leonidas Pittos, Ph.D.

Fr. Leonidas Pittos studied history at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He earned a PhD in Byzantine History at the University of Chicago and is currently the Associate Chair of the Department of Classical and Modern Languages at Wayne State University, where he also holds a senior lectureship in Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies since 2008. In 2021, he was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by His Eminence Metropolitan Demetrius of America. He is attached to St. Irene of Chrysovalantou Parish in Rochester Hills, MI, and also assists at St. John the Forerunner Parish Willow Springs, IL. Fr. Leonidas serves the director of the Catechist Formation Program of the St. John of Damascus Orthodox Educational Initiative.