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Cyril of Alexandria: Letters 51–110


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Cyril of Alexandria famously took up the debate against Nestorius on the theological interpretation of the deity of Christ, a number of which are addressed in these volumes. This fifth-century Christological controversey comprises most of the teaching of these letters, notably even letters not addressed to Nestorius. The conflict with Nestorius eventually brought Nestorius to condemnation after the Council of Ephesus in 431, in which Cyril presides at the request of Pope Celestine. Almost the entire collection here has to do with the controversey surrounding the Council of Ephesus and the schism of bishops on either side of the theological controversey.

Key Features

  • Provides insight into the fifth-century Christological controversy
  • Contains a number of letters addressed to Nestorious and others
  • Centers around the Council of Ephesus in 431

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“By means of a riddle through these the chorus of the holy apostles is clearly signified being, as it were, in a circle around Emmanuel, who is manifestation and truth, for he manifested the truth by having taken away the worship of God in shadows and in types.” (Page 26)

“‘he who discloses the recesses of the darkness’8 sends the light of truth to those who wish to gain a knowledge concerning him rightly. It is necessary therefore that we prostrate ourselves before God saying, ‘Give light to my eyes that I may not sleep in death,’9 for to slip away from the rightness of holy doctrines would be nothing else except to sleep in death and we depart from this rightness when we do not follow the divinely inspired Scriptures.” (Page 16)

  • Title: Cyril of Alexandria: Letters, 51–110
  • Author: Cyril of Alexandria
  • Series: The Fathers of the Church
  • Volume: 77
  • Publisher: Catholic University of America
  • Print Publication Date: 1987
  • Logos Release Date: 2014
  • Pages: 215
  • Era: era:nicene
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Christian saints › Egypt--Alexandria--Correspondence; Cyril, Saint, Patriarch of Alexandria, ca. 370-444
  • ISBNs: 0813200776, 9780813215143, 9780813200774, 0813215145
  • Resource ID: LLS:LETTERS51110
  • Resource Type: text.monograph.letters
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T01:09:31Z

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Cyril of Alexandria (c. 376 – 444) was the Patriarch of Alexandria from 412 to 444. He came to power when the city was at its height of influence and power within the Roman Empire. Cyril wrote extensively and was a leading protagonist in the Christological controversies of the later 4th and 5th centuries. He was a central figure in the First Council of Ephesus in 431, which led to the deposition of Nestorius as Patriarch of Constantinople.


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