Category Archives: 5th Century

Boethius (ca. A.D. 480-525)

Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius, sometimes colorfully called “the last of the Romans,” was born in the year of the Lord’s incarnation 480 to an old aristocratic family. His father had been a consul under the Arian king Odoacer, the half-Hun … Continue reading

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The Christology of Theodore of Mopsuestia

Theodore, Bishop of Mopsuestia, lived from 350-428. A friend of John Chrysostom, he was a proponent of the Antiochene school of biblical exegesis, which focused heavily on what might today be called the “grammatical-historical” interpretation of the text. Theodore was … Continue reading

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Christotokos

Leo Donald Davis [The Seven Ecumenical Councils (325-787): Their History and Theology (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1983)] summarizes the Christology of Nestorius with admirable balance. His is probably the best treatment of the issues at work in Nestorius’ heresy … Continue reading

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Christ, the Word Made Flesh in Personal Union

Picking up from the last post on Nestorius’ Christotokos theory, it seems that the major objection from the side which would soon become catholic orthodoxy was that Nestorius’ attempt to explain the union of the two natures in Christ failed … Continue reading

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