Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Christian Churches of the Eastern Mediterranean

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Christian Churches of the Eastern Mediterranean

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Frazee, Charles. Christian Churches of the Eastern Mediterranean. (Placentia, CA: The Author. 2010. Pp. xi, 371. $18.99 paperback. ISBN 9781-456-32954-9.)

Over the years there have been many attempts to group and classify the many and varied Eastern churches to facilitate a grasp of the wider picture. In the past the most common method was to classify these churches according to their liturgical rites. More recently, it has become common to group them according to the four communions to which these churches belong.

Charles Frazee, professor emeritus of history at California State University, Fullerton, has opted for a geographical approach and produced a book about the churches of the eastern Mediterranean. The bulk of the book covers the history of the four ancient eastern patriarchates of Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch, and Jerusalem and the various divisions that grew up within them. But he also includes chapters on the Assyrian Church of the East and the Armenian Apostolic Church.

Frazee has published extensively on the churches in this region, especially on Orthodoxy in Greece, and writes with confidence and accuracy. In view of this background, it is surprising, however, that he provides so little information on contemporary developments in the Orthodox Church of Greece. …

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