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Contra Nestorium

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In the course of the year 429, Cyril of Alexandria will have studied the christological issues that arose from his dispute with Nestorius in more detail. He investigated the Constantinopolitan archbishop's sermons that were circulating, as is clear from the quotations in Contra Nestorium. This chapter is devoted to Contra Nestorium. Cyril himself refers to his own party in the controversy as ?those who attribute the sayings in the Gospels to one person". And one of the main problems Nestorius has with Cyril's christology is that he ascribes human attributes like birth, sufferings, and death, to the Word-though Cyril himself constantly makes it clear that he means the incarnate Word, not the 'naked' Word. The chapter concludes that on the one hand, there is continuity in Contra Nestorium with the christology in Cyril of Alexandria's previous writings. On the other hand, there is a further development in his terminology.

Keywords: christological issues; Contra Nestorium; Cyril's christology



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