Appropriation of Divine Life in Cyril of Alexandria
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of Pages: 326
Width: 14.5 cm
Height: 22.3 cm
Daniel A. Keating presents a comprehensive account of sanctification and divinization in Cyril. By establishing the importance of pneumatology in Cyril's narrative of salvation and by showing the requirement for an ethical aspect of divinization grounded in the example of Christ himself, this study brings a corrective to certain readings of Cyril that tend to exaggerate the 'somatic' or 'physicalistic' character of his understanding of divinization. Keating argues that Cyril correlates the somatic and pneumatic means of our union with Christ, and integrates impressively the ontological and ethical aspects of our sanctification and divinization. A final chapter compares these findings with Theodore of Mopsuestia, Augustine, and Leo the Great, in order to examine in brief the relationship between Eastern and Western accounts of salvation.
a valuable contribution to the history of doctrine and to the interpretation of Cyril's theology and exegesis. Shawn W.J.Keough, Scottish Journal of Theology an excellent contribution to the study of Cyril which will win approbation both for its choice of subject and for the skill with which thw analysis is carried through...offers a wealth of material for a real theological engagememt with the issues with which it deals. Graham Gould, The Journal of Theological Studies Keating's explanation is exemplary ... This is not only a fine study of Cyril, but important in helping to restore Cyril to the central place he occupies in the Christian tradition. Andrew Louth, St Vladimir's Theological Quarterly this important book is a model of how patristic studies should be conducted... it deserves a wide readership beyond the bounds of patristic specialists. Adamantius