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Letter CLIX


Letter CLIX, like letter CLVII, is a report of John of Antioch and the other eastern bishops at Ephesus to Emperor Theodosius II, but sent through Palladius Magistrianus rather than with Count Irenaeus. Its contents echo those of letters CLVII and CLVIII.


Theodoret of Cyrus (c. 393-466), the wise and zealous bishop of Cyrus, a small town near Antioch, was the last great theologian of the school of Antioch. Although he first considered Alexandrian Christology dangerous, and refused to condemn Nestorius until the Council of Chalcedon, his commitment to the correct doctrine of the Incarnation should not be questioned. As late as the 14th century more than 500 of his letters were extant, of which we still have 232. Published and numbered with these, however, are a number of letters pertaining to the acts of the Council of Ephesus, only some of which are by Theodoret. Some of those by other authors the editors have simply noted.

by Theodoret in 431 | translated by Blomfield Jackson

Taken from "The Early Church Fathers and Other Works" originally published by Wm. B. Eerdmans Pub. Co. in English in Edinburgh, Scotland, beginning in 1867. (NPNF II/III, Schaff and Wace). The digital version is by The Electronic Bible Society, P.O. Box 701356, Dallas, TX 75370, 214-407-WORD.

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