History of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia from Its Beginning to the Present (1983)

Gernot Seide. History of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia from Its Beginning to the Present (1983)

From the Editor: with the permission of the author and the publisher, we are now beginning to serialize a much anticipated project on the history of the Russian Church Abroad. The German original (Geshichte der Russischen Orthodoxen Kirche im Ausland von der Grundung bis in die Gegenwart) was authored by Dr. Gernot Seide, and published originally in 1983 by Otto Harrasowitz. After its publication, Dr. Seide was received into Orthodoxy with the name of George and was subsequently ordained a priest of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad. Fr. George has written numerous articles on Russian Orthodoxy, and three books on the Russian Church Abroad. To the best of my knowledge, this monograph remains the only academic work on the ROCOR that covers so much of its history. The reference appendices of this book are of particular value, as they contain, inter alia, biographies of the entire ROCOR episcopate. This valuable resource has many advantages: It analyzes ROCOR’s relationship with other Orthodox Churches and non-Orthodox Christians, studies schisms within the Russian ecclesiastical emigration, and demonstrates Church dynamic. It is a point of debate, however, whether it might have been preferable for the author to adopt a less apologetic and more critical approach.

Translated from the German by Jacqueline Xenia Endres-Nenchin with the assistance of Reader Isaac Lambertsen. Edited by Hierodeacon Samuel Nedelsky and Reader Isaac Lambertsen.

11 thoughts on “History of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia from Its Beginning to the Present (1983)”

  1. Fr George Seide`s book on the History of the Russian Church Abroad is indeed, `one of a kind.` So much so, nothing exists that can even be compared to this book. I remember hearing about this book being published in German; the Synod of Bishops announced it, and announced a forthcoming Russian and English translation. That was a very long time ago! I only wish to convey thanks to Xenia, Isaac and Fr Samuel for thier labors, and to Fr Deacon Andrei for arranging for the book to appear on the ROCOR Studies website.

    1. The publication of the “Comprehensive Index of the Bishop… ” was updated by the publishers of my book. At the end of my biography of Metropolitan Vitalij the publisher added the following sentence: “In 2001 he retired due to memory loss”. I was scandilized by this sentence of disregard according to the merits of Metropolitan Vitalij as a bishop of the ROCOR who celebrated his 50th aniversary of his bishop ordination the day before his “retirement”.
      From 2001 to 2006 Metropolitan Vitalij lived in the Tranfiguration Skete where he was burried at the cemetry of the skete.
      For further informations of these years: www. Russkaja Provoslavnaja Cerkov zarubeznaja( (Vitalija).

  2. Thank you for posting this! I’ve wanted to read this for a very long time, but didn’t know where to find a copy!

  3. Hello,
    I would like to ask if i can find somewhere the missing parts from this list?!?
    i.e. Part IV, capters 1.8 and 1.9; 5, 6; Part V, all Capters: 1,2,3,4

    Thank you!

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