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Title: Theodoret of Cyrus's double treatise On the Trinity and On the Incarnation : the Antiochene pathway to Chalcedon
Author: Pasztori-Kupan, Istvan
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2003
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This thesis is focused upon the double treatise of Theodoret of Cyrus written before the Council of Ephesus (431) entitled On the Holy and Vivifying Trinity [Пερι της αγίας και ζωοποίου Τριάδος] and On the Incarnation/Inhumanation of the Lord [Пερι της του Κυρίου εναν?ρωπήσεως]. After a brief presentation of Theodoret’s life and the place of this work in his oeuvre (Ch. 1), Ch. 2 is concerned with the textual tradition, including the time of writing, the handing down through history in various manuscripts, the ascription to Cyril of Alexandria, the editions and the restoration to the author by modern scholarship. Chapters 3 and 4 are concerned with the doctrinal analysis of the first and the second half respectively. Apart from the presentation of the theological issues discussed by the author, during which various Trinitarian and Christological concepts and expressions as well as some soteriological and pastoral emphases (including their effect upon Theodoret’s Christology) are analysed, the thesis is also an attempt to vindicate the author from some one-time and modern charges concerning his alleged crypto-Nestorianism. During the exegesis and historical-theological commentary it will be argued that some of the main accusations brought against him (i.e. the absence of a genuine communicatio idiomatum, a two-subject Christology, the non-application of a hypostatic union in Christ around 431 etc.) – when compared to the valid theological standards of his own time (The Formula of Reunion, Leo’s Tome  and the Chalcedonense) – are largely unwarranted or anachronistic. Although some – verbal – defects of Theodoret’s way of expressing his concept of the union in Christ remain (defects which he himself corrected in his later works), nevertheless his basic concept and model of the World Incarnate is theologically sound.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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