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Three Christological Treatises
by St. Cyril of Alexandria
translated by Daniel King
Catholic University of America Press, 2014
eISBN: 978-0-8132-2706-1 | Cloth: 978-0-8132-2705-4
Library of Congress Classification BR65.C952E5 2014
Dewey Decimal Classification 232.8

Twenty-nine in all, these letters cover all but three of Cyril's years as a bishop. The first twelve were published in 2009 (Fathers of the Church 118). The present volume completes the set. Festal letters were used in Alexandria primarily to announce the beginning of Lent and the date of Easter. They also served a catechetical purpose, however, allowing the Patriarch an annual opportunity to write pastorally not just about issues facing the entire see, but also about the theological issues of the day. Thus, in these letters we catch a glimpse of Cyril the pastor writing about complex theology in an uncomplicated way. These letters also illuminate other realities of the ancient church in Alexandria, especially the relationship with the Jewish community and the rising influence of asceticism.
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