Christology after Chalcedon : Severus of Antioch & Sergius the Monophysite

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Christology after Chalcedon provides a translation and theological introduction to the "Letters" between Severus of Antioch and Sergius the Grammarian. The Letters were originally written in Greek, but are now preserved in a difficult sixth-century Syriac translation. This book is the first, and only, English translation of them.



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Christology after Chalcedon provides a translation and theological introduction to the "Letters" between Severus of Antioch and Sergius the Grammarian. The Letters were originally written in Greek, but are now preserved in a difficult sixth-century Syriac translation. This book is the first, and only, English translation of them.

Severus was a supposed follower of Cyril of Alexandria, and these "Letters", as the introduction shows, take one into the heart of the Post-Chalcedonian Christological debate. Severus was a "Monophysite": He taught that there was "one nature" of God the Word Incarnate. Severus clash, then, with the Chalcedonians is evident, which he regarded them as Dyophysites and virtually Nestorians. What is more interesting is how he managed to distance himself from extreme Monophysites of a Eutychian sort. It is here that we see the unravelling of his own position, and this text is central for understanding that. The aim of the introduction is to penetrate Severus' argument, making it as clear as possible, while showing his theological power and subtlety.

The "Letters" are not solely of historical interest, as they involve real theological issues in the Christology of Cyril of Alexandria and Severus, and they are relevant to the dialogue between the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Oriental Orthodox Church.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr Iain R. Torrance is a Minister of the Church of Scotland Journal of Theology, and Tutor in New Testament and Ethics at the Queen's College in Birmingham.

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Author Iain R. Torrance
Pages 256
Cover Soft
Width (mm) 140
Height (mm) 200

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