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Theodoret of Cyrrhus
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Theodoret was active in the period between the Council of Ephesus (431) and the Council of Chalcedon (451). In the christological debates, he spelled out an alternative to the theology of Cyril of Alexandria, becoming the exponent of Antiochene theology. In 423 he became bishop in Cyrrhus (Ep. 116), probably at the age of 30; he died c. 466.

In his history of the Syrian monks, he tells of his family’s contacts with ascetics in the vicinity of Antioch. Before becoming bishop, Theodoret lived for a time in the monastery of Nikertai, near Apamea (Ep. 18, 119, Hist. eccl. 3.4). Of…

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Bergjan, Silke-Petra, “Theodoret of Cyrrhus”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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