The Christology of Theodoret of Cyrus: Antiochene Christology from the Council of Ephesus (431) to…

Hardcover | September 9, 2007

byPaul B. Clayton, Jr.

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Theodoret of Cyrus (c.393-c.466) was the most able Antiochene theologian in the defence of Nestorius from the Council of Ephesus in 431 to the Council of Chalcedon in 451. While the works of Theodore of Mopsuestia and Nestorius are extant today only in translations or in fragments,Theodoret's voluminous works are largely available in their original Greek. This study of his writings throws considerable light on the theology of those councils and the final evolution and content of Antiochene Christology.Clayton demonstrates that Antiochene Christology was rooted in the concern to maintain the impassibility of God the Word and is consequently a two-subject Christology. Its fundamental philosophical assumptions about the natures of God and humanity compelled the Antiochenes to assert that there aretwo subjects in the Incarnation: the Word himself and a distinct human personality. This Christology is not the hypostatic union of the Councils of Ephesus and Chalcedon.

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Theodoret of Cyrus (c.393-c.466) was the most able Antiochene theologian in the defence of Nestorius from the Council of Ephesus in 431 to the Council of Chalcedon in 451. While the works of Theodore of Mopsuestia and Nestorius are extant today only in translations or in fragments,Theodoret's voluminous works are largely available in ...

Paul B. Clayton, Jr., is a retired parish priest serving as Ecumenical and Interfaith Officer of the Episcopal Diocese of New York.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.94 inPublished:September 9, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Prolegomena2. The Antiochene tradition inherited by Theodoret3. Theodoret's early Christology4. Two physeis in one prosopon5. The Nestorian crisis6. The mature Theodoret: AD 433-4457. The Eutychian crisis8. Conclusions