By Susan Wessel
What have been the old and cultural tactics through which Cyril of Alexandria was once increased to canonical prestige whereas his opponent, Nestorius, bishop of Constantinople, used to be made right into a heretic? unlike past scholarship, Susan Wessel concludes that Cyril's luck in being increased to orthodox prestige used to be no longer easily a political accomplishment in response to political alliances he had formed as chance arose. Nor was once it a dogmatic victory, in line with the readability and orthodoxy of Cyril's doctrinal claims. as an alternative, it used to be his process in choosing himself with the orthodoxy of the previous bishop of Alexandria, Athanasius, in his victory over Arianism, in borrowing Athanasius' interpretive equipment, and in skilfully utilizing the tropes and figures of the second one sophistic that made Cyril a saint within the Greek and Coptic Orthodox Churches.
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In the violence that ensued, several Christians were slain. Enraged at the conduct of the Jews, Cyril, along with a crowd of supporters, reportedly entered the synagogues to find the alleged perpetrators of this atrocity. Socrates alone reports that the incident resulted in the expulsion by Cyril of the entire Alexandrian Jewish community, and in the unmitigated plundering of all the property that the Jews possessed. Only one Jew, claims Socrates, eventually returned to Alexandria, a physician named Adamantius, who had allegedly fled to Atticus bishop of Constantinople in order to convert to Christianity.
I, p. 358, line 23, - p. 359. lines 22; lohannes Niciensis, Chronicon (aethiopice). H. Zotenberg, Cbronigue d£~ evegue ~ Nikiou. p. 101-102. The Chronicle 2f~ Bishop ofNikiu. 95-98. 69 52 Christians heard the cries, they naively rushed to save their church, only to find themselves surrounded by a crowd of allegedly tumultuous Jews. In the violence that ensued, several Christians were slain. Enraged at the conduct of the Jews, Cyril, along with a crowd of supporters, reportedly entered the synagogues to find the alleged perpetrators of this atrocity.
VIII. 12. ~ N. F. 4, p. 366, lines 3-4. 34 Seeabove. 38 In any even~ Socrates and Sozomen agree that the Tall Brothers together with Isidore arrived in Constantinople in order to plead their case before John Chrysostom, a fact which allegedly sealed John's fate with Theophilus. It seems that Chrysostom received the five men and allowed their communion at prayers, but consistent wi6 ecclesiastical procedure, delayed their inclusion in the sacred mysteries until he had conducted a proper examination of the matter.
Cyril of Alexandria and the Nestorian controversy by Susan Wessel