Graduate Student Forum

The History of Theological Education in the Japanese Orthodox Church

Tuesday, 21 September 2021 | 9:00am - 9:45am (JST)
Zoom Meeting
  • Kaho Osaki Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, The University of Tokyo
  • Sawako Shirahase TCJS Director
Event Description

Orthodox Christianity was introduced in Japan from Russia in the latter half of the 19th century. Then Orthodox seminaries were established in Japan in the Meiji era. The seminarians studied Russian language, Japanese and Chinese classics, history, geography as well as theology. In this presentation, first we outline the history of theological education in the Japanese Orthodox Church, then compare the curriculum and the textbooks used in the Tokyo Theological Seminary with those of the Russian seminaries. The purpose of this study is to clarify the problems they faced and their solutions to teach Orthodox Christianity brought from Russia in Japan through comparison of theological education between the Japanese Orthodox Church and the Russian Orthodox Church.

About the Speaker

Kaho Osaki is a PhD Student in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, the University of Tokyo, JSPS research fellow.