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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Cyril of Alexandria's Christology: the Debate Continues

The Coptic Orthodox nun and scholar, Lois Farag, whose own doctoral dissertation a number of years ago was on St. Cyril of Alexandria, has, in the forthcoming issue of Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies, a long and critical review of a new book from Brill:

Hans van Loon, The Dyophysite Christology of Cyril of Alexandria (Brill, 2009), xvi+632pp.

The issues are too complicated to summarize briefly here. Much turns, as Farag so lucidly notes, on philological and etymological, as well as Christological, issues surrounding such terminology as Οὐσία, ὑπόστᾰσις, and φύσις, which she very carefully and painstakingly elucidates in her critical review.

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