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Brian E. Daley, SJ

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199281336

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199281336.001.0001

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Antioch and Alexandria

Antioch and Alexandria

Christology as Reflection on God’s Presence in History

(p.174) 7 Antioch and Alexandria
God Visible

Brian E. Daley, SJ

Oxford University Press

The opposition between theologians centered in Antioch and those centered in Alexandria, both in their ways of interpreting Scripture and in their understandings of Christ’s person, is well known, if often somewhat exaggerated by modern scholars. Antiochene exegetes tended to insist more than their Alexandrian counterparts on the importance of seeing each biblical passage in its context within the longer narrative of Israel’s history, and to search for practical, moral applications, while Alexandrian interpreters tended to be more interested in the theological and spiritual meaning. More importantly, Antiochene theologians tended to see the fullness of salvation as eschatological, Alexandrians as present and accessible in the Church; as a result, Antiochenes tended to emphasize more the boundaries between God’s life and creation. The chapter looks at works of Diodore of Tarsus, his pupil Theodore of Mopsuestia, Nestorius of Constantinople, Theodoret of Cyrus, Didymus the Blind, and Cyril of Alexandria.

Keywords:   Antiochene Christology, Alexandrian Christology, Diodore of Tarsus, Theodore of Mopsuestia, Nestorius of Constantinople, Theodoret of Cyrus, Didymus the Blind, Cyril of Alexandria, word-human being, word-flesh

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