Sophronius of Jerusalem and Seventh-Century Heresy: The Synodical Letter and Other Documents by Pauline Allen

Sophronius of Jerusalem and Seventh-Century Heresy: The Synodical Letter and Other Documents

EditorPauline Allen

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Sophronius was one of the most influential figures spanning the ecclesiastical troubles in East and West during the sixth to the seventh centuries. Poet, hagiographer, dogmatician, homilist, and liturgist, he was a widely-travelled monastic who had close ties with the see of Rome and anunrivalled knowledge of the workings of the anti-Chalcedonian churches, revealed in his Synodical Letter. Sophronius despatched this epistle to other church leaders when at an advanced age he became patriarch of Jerusalem in AD 634. The letter was read out at the Sixth Ecumenical Council in 680-1,and provided the only sustained rebuttal of the monoenergist doctrine which was used by eastern emperors and church leaders alike as a political strategy to unite Christians in the early Byzantine empire. Pauline Allen provides the first complete annotated translation of the Synodical Letter into a modern language. A comprehensive introduction situates the work in the context of the aftermath of the Council of Chalcedon (AD 451). It is accompanied by a dossier of translated documents by otherwriters of the time which illustrate the progress of the debate and its political and ecclesiastical repercussions in the first half of the seventh century.

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Pauline Allen is Director of the Centre for Early Christian Studies at the Australian Catholic University.
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Title:Sophronius of Jerusalem and Seventh-Century Heresy: The Synodical Letter and Other DocumentsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:March 12, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AbbreviationsI: Sophronius and his Synodical LetterI: After Chalcedon: An OverviewII: Sophist, Monk, PatriarchIII: The Context of the Synodical LetterIV: Content and Style of the Synodical LetterV: Genre and Function of the Synodical LetterVI: The Text and its TransmissionTexts and TranslationsII: The Synodical LetterIII: A Monoenergist Dossier1: Cyrus, First Letter to Sergius2: Sergius, First Letter to Cyrus3: Cyrus, Announcement, Pact of Union, or Nine Articles of Faith4: Cyrus, Second Letter to Sergius5: Sergius, Second Letter to Cyrus6: Sergius, First Letter to Honorius7: Honorius, First Letter to Sergius8: Honorius, Second Letter to Sergius9: EkthesisBibliographyIndexesBiblical Quotations and AllusionsPeople and ThingsModern Authors