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Christological Discussion

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This untitled text included in Graf's edition of Abu Raitah's writings has simply been labeled "Christologisches Gespräch" to identify its contents. Several other factors also call Graf's dating into question. First, Graf himself admits that the paleographical evidence of Vat. ar. 1492 situates it in the thirteenth century, although it may perhaps be as late as the fourteenth. Second, it seems odd that a writer who wished to give credibility to an imaginary exchange would have pitted a contemporary figure against two well-known controversialists from at least four centuries earlier. In light of this analysis, there seems to be no compelling reason not to believe that the three persons representing the Jacobite, Melkite and Nestorian positions are to be identified with the wellknown figures named by the editor of the text.

Keywords: Abu Raitah; Graf; Jacobite position; Melkite position; Nestorian position; paleographical evidence



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