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Cyril of Alexandria and the Nestorian Controversy: The Making of a Saint and of a Heretic

Susan Wessel

Abstract

What were the historical and cultural processes by which Cyril of Alexandria was elevated to canonical status while his opponent, Nestorius, Bishop of Constantinople, was made into a heretic? In contrast to previous scholarship, this book concludes that Cyril's success in being elevated to orthodox status was not simply a political accomplishment based on political alliances he had fashioned as opportunity arose. Nor was it a dogmatic victory, based on the clarity and orthodoxy of Cyril's doctrinal claims. Instead, it was his strategy in identifying himself with the orthodoxy of the former bis ... More

Keywords: Cyril of Alexandria, Nestorius, heretic, Athanasius, Arianism, saint, Greek Orthodox Church, Coptic Orthodox Church

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199268467
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199268467.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Wessel, author
Assistant Professor of Greek Patristics, Catholic University of America