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By Norman Russell

As ruler of the church of Alexandria and president of the 3rd Ecumenical Council of 431, Cyril was once probably the most robust males within the 5th century, an enormous philosopher who outlined the idea that of christological orthodoxy for the subsequent centuries. A debatable determine, he's additionally frequently considered as an unscrupulous, power-hungry cleric who used to be accountable for the overthrow of an archbishop and the homicide of a feminine thinker. the 1st exact survey in English of Cyril's lifestyles and paintings, Cyril of Alexandria provides key decisions of the writings of this advanced determine, all freshly translated and positioned into context by means of an advent that outlines his existence and occasions, his scholastic approach, his doctrine, and his major impact at the Christian culture.

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Is. 19:1), the most pure fleece filled with heavenly dew (cf. Jud. 14 Mary is the unique bridge between God and humanity, the loom on which the seamless robe of the union was woven by the Holy Spirit. Through her, Christ who is both God and man entered the world without even destroying her virginity in partu: Emmanuel as man opened the gates of nature, but as God did not rupture the barrier of virginity. He came forth from the womb in a manner comparable to the way in which he entered by the faculty of hearing (cf.

18 If Anastasius’ sermon had caused a sensation, Nestorius’ lectures came as a bombshell. Opposition to him in the capital began to grow. ’ and ‘He who was born of the Virgin was a man’—were arranged in parallel columns to suggest that there was very little difference between the two. As a nice touch, the presentation of quotations concluded with one from an Antiochene bishop, Eustathius, anathematizing those who held that there were two sons, the eternally begotten Son of the Father and the son born of Mary.

That these are the two modes of recapitulation necessarily entailed by the account of the incarnation of the onlybegotten Son, Paul has explained to us. But that there is another mode that includes these others the wise John has taught us. For he writes about Christ in the following way: ‘He came to his own home, and his own people received him not. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave the power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God’ (Jn 1:11–13).

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