There is no book in English that treats the whole of Cyril’s theological thought. In the past scholars have normally focused on Cyril’s Christology and left largely unexamined the remainder of his theological thought. Thus the English-speaking scholarly community has never fully appreciated the breadth, the depth and the immense significance of Cyril’s theology.
This volume is therefore unique. The editors have brought together many of the foremost experts on Cyril. This international team examines all the major facets of his theology, and here for the first time reveals the theology of Cyril of Alexandria as a magisterial whole.
This resource is also available as part of the Church Origins Collection (10 volumes).
“Cyril’s christological thought principally and consistently emerged from his soteriological concerns.” (Page 24)
“Cyril’s Christology: Jesus is one ontological entity, and the one ontological entity that Jesus is is the one person of the divine Son of God existing as a complete and authentic man.” (Page 30)
“Cyril’s commentary on John 6 not only offers us a developed treatment of his views on the Eucharist; it also places the Eucharist in a wider, liturgical context, through which Christ, the true life-giving bread from heaven, nourishes the faithful through the divine word in Scripture, through the indwelling Holy Spirit, and through his life-giving flesh.” (Page 165)
“Since it was truly the eternal Son of God who became and is man, then all those attributes that pertain to his divinity or humanity are predicated of one and the same Son.” (Page 28)
“Cyril’s insight was in designating that the union of the natures takes place within the person of the Word. The incarnational ‘becoming’ and ensuing union is ‘according to the person’ (καθʼ ὑπόστασιν).” (Page 41)
Thomas G. Weinandy is the Executive Director of the Secretariat for Doctrine and Pastoral Practices of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Formerly, he was Warden of Greyfriars Hall and Lecturer in History and Doctrine in the Faculty of Theology, Oxford University.
Daniel A. Keating teaches at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit.