I. A study of the composition and importance of Oriental synodal legislation.
II. The Latin Syrian synodal texts, composition and importance.
III. Themes: archdeacon, corbishop, priest and Bnay and Bnat Qyama, monastics.
To develop an awareness of the importance of the canonical sources of the Assyrian-Chaldean Church and their influence on the legislation of the Malabar Church.
J.B. Chabot (ed.), Synodicon Orientale ou recueil des synodes nestoriens, Paris 1902;
G. Beltrami, La Chiesa Caldea nel secolo dell’Unione, Roma 1933;
W.A. Wigram, An Introduction to the History of the Assyrian Church, or the Church of the Sassanid Persian Empire 100-640 A.D., London 1910;
P.J. Podipara, The Canonical Sources of the Syro-Malabar Church, Kottayam, 1987;
W. Baum & D. Winkler, The Church of the East: A Concise History, London 2003.