The Dyophysite Christology of Cyril of Alexandria

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BRILL, 2009 - Religion - 626 pages
The formula one incarnate nature of the Word of God has often been depicted as a summary of Cyril of Alexandria s (ca 378-444) christology. But no systematic study into his christological works has been published. Besides, there is no consensus regarding the meaning of the key terms and expressions in these works. This book addresses this deficiency by an integral investigation of the archbishop s christological writings during the first two years of the Nestorian controversy, and comes to the conclusion that his christology is basically dyophysite. This re-appraisal of his christology bears on the understanding of the Council of Chalcedon and on contemporary ecumenical relations, especially those between the Eastern Orthodox and the Oriental Orthodox.
 

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Contents

Chapter One Aim and Relevance
15
Sixth Centuries
29
Chapter Two Cyril of Alexandrias Use of Aristotelian Logic
61
Chapter Three Meanings and Metaphysics in the Trinitarian
123
Chapter Four Comparison of Interpretations
193
Chapter Five The First Year of the Nestorian Controversy
251
Chapter Six Contra Nestorium
339
Chapter Seven Other Writings from the Year 430
419
Chapter Eight Recapitulation and Conclusions
503
Bibliography
583
Indexes
605
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Hans van Loon, Dr. (2008) in Theology, Protestant Theological University, Kampen, the Netherlands, is associated with the Centre for Patristic Research, Utrecht (an initiative of Tilburg University and VU University Amsterdam).