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Words, Imagery, and the Mystery of Christ: A Reconstruction of Cyril of Alexandria's Christology a Reconstruction of Cyril of Alexandria's Christology [Hardcover]

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This volume deals with the christology of fifth-century pastor and theologian Cyril of Alexandria, particularly as it relates to Apollinarianism and Nestorianism. More specifically, it explores the use of a plethora of images to illustrate his understanding of the mystery of Christ. The book traces the background of his analogies in the philosophers and the Scriptures. Included are sections on Cyril's understanding and use of the Scriptures, and the intended force of images in his theology. The final part is a re-reading of his christology through the lens of his christological imagery. Historians of Christian theology and dogma will find a unique look into the word pictures Cyril uses and the picture of Christ the reveal.

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Language: English
Studio: Brill Academic Pub
Pages   242
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.78" Width: 6.56" Height: 0.89"
Weight:   1.37 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 18, 2000
Publisher   Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN  9004119876  
ISBN13  9789004119871  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Steven A. McKinion, Ph.D. (1998), University of Aberdeen, is Assistant Professor of Church History at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He has books from NYU Press and IVP.

Steven A. McKinion currently resides in the state of North Carolina.

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Christology of Cyril, The Pillar of Faith, in Words and Imagery  Jul 11, 2002

"...whether we understand the person and work of Christ to be constitutive of a salvation we can find nowhere else, or rather whether we find the person and work of Christ to be illustrative of a salvation which is really universally available marks a fundamental divide in theology. In Cyril's Christology, we find the definitive formulation of that constitutive Christology." William G. Witt

Cyril christological Imagery:
The Alexandrian typology tradition of utilizing symbol and narrative, specifically to the person and work of Jesus Christ for our salvation, transforms the stories and symbols of the gospels to build our conceptions of God, Christ, and the world. As had been the case earlier with the doctrine of the Trinity, Cyril realized that it was necessary to posit the union of incarnation at the level of person, not that of nature.
Like Athanasius and his Alexandrine predecessors, Cyril's core interest in Christology was finally soteriological. Cyril's concern for orthodoxy was guided by a clear understanding of the need for human redemption. Cyril consistently uses imagery, of iron glowing while maintained into fire, or bread dipped into wine, to illustrate the change brought by the incarnate Word to his body. As iron, when heated, becomes enhanced with heat energy of fire, so by uniting himself to his flesh, the life-giving Word endowed it with life-giving power. Since the assumed body of the Word is life-giving, having been united hypostatically to his divine nature, those who "partake of his holy body and blood are quickened in all respects, and wholly, the Word dwelling in us divinely through the Holy Spirit, humanly again through his holy flesh and precious blood." Through partaking of the one body of Christ in the Eucharist, those who believe in Christ are united with his risen body and with each other. The Church is, therefore, Christ's body, and believers are individually his members.

Christ Mystery, words& images:
The book is presented in three parts, of eight chapters and a conclusion which serves as a concise summary. The Chapters could be presented as:
- Cyril life and works. council Of Ephesus. His writing career, and influence on him.
- Cyril's scriptural proficiency, and understanding of OT Christological Imagery.
- Cyril's philosophical concepts of place and physical union.
- Adversity to Nestorian dogmas, interpretation and rejection of Nestorian theology.
- Heretical Christology: Accusations, and context of his denial.
- The incarnate Word: reconstruction of his Christology: Christ Divinity and Power.
- Christ humanity: Human soul and "nature". His genuine human life.
- Cyril's picture of Christ, interpreting his Christology, analogies of the Hypostatic union, Divine actions, and theopaschite (Impassible suffering) of the Word Incarnate.
- Conclusion: Alexandria's Christological imagery and Cyrils use of OT pictures of christological prophecy and explanation by natural philosophy.

Reconstructing Cyril's Christology:
This book, a thesis on Cyril's work and thought is another volume in the elite Patristic theological supplements: Vigiliae Christianae. The book reconstructs the Christology of Cyril of Alexandria, in the light of his life, works and defence of the person and meaning of Christ's works that reflect the great Alexandrine tradition.
Steven McKinion studied Alexandrine theology, searched Cyril, and reflected on his Soteriology, his knowledge earned his love, as Philo's Love with the Eyes of understanding (Q on Genesis). He did that early in his patristic career, much earlier than Grillmeier, WHC Frend, Dragas, and where great dogmatic theologians like Von Harnack and JND Kelley missed the ball defending Leo and Chalcedon. welcome to the mystical understanding of the one person of real union (Hypostatic).

Quotation of Cyrilic Sonata:
Dr. Mckinion composed a sonata on Cyril pictoristic Chrtistology utilizing beautiful melodies from Grillmeier, Hallman, Hanson, Kerrigan, Koen, and Louth, etc.
Quotations: Introduction:" Even a cursory reading of the volumes left by Cyril of Alexandria reveals the perennial presence of Christological images, word pictures that are found throughout his many attempts to explain his understanding of an Orthodox picture of Christ"
"The Alexandrines defended the deity of Christ through a theory of kenosis, whereby God the Word descended to the level of humanity by truly becoming man." (p. 11)

No conclusion for this book could be better than the authors epilogue: "the controversial life of Cyril of Alexandria ended on June 27, 444 (July 10 in the Coptic Calendar) in Alexandria. He had spent his entire ministerial life fighting against the hereticand the infidel. regardless of the judgement history has rendered, or will render.

+ July 10, Feast of St. Cyril, the Pillar of Faith, Didaskalex

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