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Revista Studii Teologice

REVISTA FACULTĂŢILOR DE TEOLOGIE DIN PATRIARHIA ROMÂNĂ



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About the Journal

 
Theological Studies Journal is published with the blessing of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel and is managed on the one hand by the Publishing House of the Biblical and Mission Institute of the Romanian Orthodox Church, and on the other hand, by the Faculty of Orthodox Theology, Bucharest University. The editorial staff also collaborates closely with the Printing House of the Biblical and Mission Institute of the Romanian Orthodox Church.
Here, on the electronic pages of this official website of the Journal, you will find information concerning the activity and editorial processes it carries out.
The editorial staff greets all those visiting this website and thanks everybody interested in the Journal, supporting it both materially and morally, as well as by contributing scientific texts in Romanian and international languages (English, French, German). It is a joint effort. Romanian Orthodox theology is called, especially now, to provide a relevant answer to the theological and non-theological challenges of our world. It enjoys the substantial support of the generations of highly trained theologians who established the Orthodox academic theology in Romania and brought it into direct contact with the foreign one, in the Orient and the Occident.
Today, the journal has not only a young editorial staff, made up of members of the teaching staff of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Bucharest, but also a modern layout, supplemented by this presentation site, and a new office, endowed with all necessary equipment, inaugurated upon the anniversary of 80 years of existence, organized with the support of Rev. Counsellor Valer Ulican, director of the Printing House of the Biblical and Mission Institute of the Romanian Orthodox Church, while the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Bucharest granted the necessary space.
„Theological Studies” is a quarterly publication; since the year 2011, each issue has 300 pages. The editing process complies with the qualiy standards ISO 9001:2000 & 19011:2002, editorial staff members are accredited and act as internal auditors of the processes related to the implementation of quality standards. The activity is carried out on the basis of editing procedures, a transparent policy easily accessible on this website.
„Theological Studies” has been published since the year 1929, and has reached its third series. Its collaborators are, first of all, the Holy Metropolitans and Bishops, the reverend priests professors of the Faculties of Orthodox Theology, the Ph.D. and M.A. students of theology, the undergraduate students of theology and the reverend priests and, last but not least, as happened especially during the communist period, specialists in history in particular and humanities in general, reputable professors from Romania and abroad, researchers, Ph.D. students and candidates to habilitation, respectively habilitated scholars.
The editorial staff aims not only to provide readers with the most interesting and informed materials, but also to bring the contribution of Romanian Orthodox theology to the attention of competent readership abroad. The Journal intends to illustrate and represent the scientific theological activity of the Faculties of Orthodox Theology in Romania. The articles published in the four annual issues of the Journal are taken into account for promotions in academic positions and for the periodical assessments carried out in the institutions of Orthodox theological education in Romania.
The Journal therefore benefits from the close scientific collaboration of the reverend deans of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Romania, reflected in the articles sent in and published in the Journal’s pages. The editorial staff thanks for the collaboration of not only the management of the Faculties in Romania and the active correspondent editors in each of these institutions, but also, and especially, the reverend professors and lay professors who send in personal studies as well as works for the scientific direction and guidace of undergraduate, M.A. and Ph.D. students. The Journal also enjoys great success among the Romanian theologians abroad, the church centers there and the parish priests who sometimes send in materials to be published and also order subscriptions for themselves as well as the members of the communities they shepherd. This fact also has much influence on the journal’s accessibility for the broad readership, interested in theological progress and developments in general, but is at the same time a strong argument in favor of national and international accreditation. Therefore we extend our gratitude to these persons who have thus supported the permeability of Romanian Orthodox theology, and now access this official website of the journal!
It is the wish of the editorial staff, in the service of the Romanian Patriarchate and the Faculties of Orthodox Theology in Romania, to demonstrate that Romanian Orthodox theology is of present interest, has a word to say and is compatible with its counterparts abroad. Thus it becomes increasingly evident that it is necessary to develop competitivity, scientific objectivity and high performance. The current imperative is that of defining a theological synthesis which evaluates and disseminates, one the one hand, the results of the research carried out so far, and on the other hand takes them further. All these aspects are pursued in the materials with which the Journal provides the reader, with the belief that in theology there can be no knowledge without spiritual life and that striking a balance between them and finding modern, individual ways of expression are just as mandatoryas the above-mentioned aspects.
Currently, the editorial staff works not only for the publication of each Journal issue according to the best possible quality standards, but also for obtaining the necessary accreditations in Romania (CNCS) and abroad. It has been the wish of the editorial staff, ever since the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Bucharest took over the editorial activity, to obtain at least the national accreditation of the Journal, obviously according to its age, expertise and importance for the Romanian scholarly circles, not only the Orthodox theological ones. It has had not only reiterated discussions with the representatives of the institution authorized to accredit publications on Romanian territory, but every time it also prepared and improved the documentation necessary for accreditation, a documentation which has now become very substantial.
The Journal is currently available in the major world libraries, including electronic databases, and maintains a fruitful dialogue with many theology journals and collaborates with important theologians, not only Orthodox ones, in Romania and abroad. Editorial processes also include the peer-review system, mandatory for the necessary scientific recognition, and the English version of the present website. Among other achievements of the Journal,  we mention its integral digital text processing, since its first issue to the present; currently we intend to post this complete electronic archive of the Journal on its official website.
We mention that, although it is not the oldest Romanian journal specialized in Orthodox theology, Theological Studies receives annually approx. 10 000 subscriptions in Romania and abroad. Of course, the main contribution is offered by priests, theologians, parishes and monasteries in the country, who provide most of the financial support for the Journal and the possibility to disseminate it across the world, and make Romanian theology known by publishing articles not only in Romanian but also in international languages now accessible to everyone.
 
Journal chapters:
1. Prologue. This chapter contains a Journal foreword introducing every study, presenting the contents of the respective study, as well as a commentary on one or several issues it approaches.
2. Studies. It is the most important chapter of the Journal. Here are published, in Romanian or a foreign language (English, French, German) original studies, mainly authored by Orthodox theologians.
3. Mission and pastoral activity. The chapter is dedicated to theological studies presenting matters directly related to the daily activity of priests in their parishes. It is a major segment of theological life, and the studies published hereby are intended as support and a useful source of information for priests.
4. Excerpts from the holy Church Fathers. This chapter provides translations from the Church Fathers, a text accompanied by introduction, notes and commentaries, and which has usually never been translated into Romanian before.
5. Theological dialogue. This chapter aims to stimulate academic and peer dialogue among theologians, and generate the necessary critical reception of theological book production. It contains critical reviews of the materials published in the journal, the critical reception of theological works published in Romania and abroad, as well as responses to certain events or theological phenomena.
6. Theological events. This chapter includes presentations of major theological events, concerning mainly theological education but also Church life at large, the ecumenical dialogue or the Orthodox one. It intends not only to inform, but also to transmit and make available official documents issued upon such events.
7. Reviews. Through this chapter, the journal promotes the critical reception of works, especially Orthodox theology ones, published in Romania and abroad. It also especially promotes young theologians.
8. Theology journals. This chapter concerns the reception and presentation, sometimes on a mutual basis, of theological journals published in Romania and abroad.
9. In memoriam/In honorem. This chapter is dedicated only to Orthodox personalities or ones closely related to Orthodoxy and whose activity enjoys wide international recognition.
10. Books received. This chapter mentions, in the form of a catalogue, the latest theological books published, as well as the latest books belonging to fields that are directly or indirectly relevant to the journal’s readership (history, philosophy, history of culture, sociology, anthropology, etc.).

11. Advertising. Witin each issue, the Journal promotes certain works on Orthodox theology, published in Romania or abroad. The chapter also addresses sponsorships or book donations offered to the Journal.