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As in the case of the christology of the other non-Chalcedonian Oriental Orthodox Churches, Ethiopian christology is usually nicknamed as monophysite christology - an erroneous christological position which indicates the absorption of the humanity of Christ by its divinity. Disproving such a pejorative designation, this book contends that the christological position of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church should correctly be termed as miaphysite christology, which highlights the one-united nature of the Word of God incarnate. Besides, the book proves the orthodoxy of Ethiopian christology, demonstrating how it is based on the christology of St. Cyril of Alexandria.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-60724-528-5
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Publication Date: Mar 25,2010
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 120
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-60724-528-5
$123.00

As in the case of the christology of the other non-Chalcedonian Oriental Orthodox Churches, Ethiopian christology is usually nicknamed "monophysite christology" - an erroneous christological position which indicates the absorption of the humanity of Christ by its divinity . Disproving such a pejorative designation, this book contends that the christological position of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (EOTC) should correctly be termed as miaphysite christology, which highlights the one-united (tewahedo) nature of the Word of God incarnate. Besides, the book proves the orthodoxy of Ethiopian christology, demonstrating how it is based on the christology of St. Cyril of Alexandria (+ A.D. 444).

"The Christology of the Oriental Orthodox Churches has all too often been misunderstood by the various Churches of the Chalcedonian tradition (Catholic, Orthodox, Reformed). Qesis Mebratu Gebru's study of the Christology of the largest of the Oriental Orthodox Churches is thus greatly to be welcomed, for it provides a clear and solidly based presentation of the teaching of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church." - Sebastian P. Brock

As in the case of the christology of the other non-Chalcedonian Oriental Orthodox Churches, Ethiopian christology is usually nicknamed "monophysite christology" - an erroneous christological position which indicates the absorption of the humanity of Christ by its divinity . Disproving such a pejorative designation, this book contends that the christological position of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (EOTC) should correctly be termed as miaphysite christology, which highlights the one-united (tewahedo) nature of the Word of God incarnate. Besides, the book proves the orthodoxy of Ethiopian christology, demonstrating how it is based on the christology of St. Cyril of Alexandria (+ A.D. 444).

"The Christology of the Oriental Orthodox Churches has all too often been misunderstood by the various Churches of the Chalcedonian tradition (Catholic, Orthodox, Reformed). Qesis Mebratu Gebru's study of the Christology of the largest of the Oriental Orthodox Churches is thus greatly to be welcomed, for it provides a clear and solidly based presentation of the teaching of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church." - Sebastian P. Brock

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Contributor Biography

Mebratu Kiros Gebru

Mebratu Kiros Gebru is a priest of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. He holds an M.A. degree in theology from the University of St. Michael's College, Toronto and currently he is working towards a Ph.D at the same university. This book is a revised version of his master's thesis.

  • Table of Contents (page 7)
  • Preface (page 9)
  • Acknowledgements (page 11)
  • Chapter I: General Introduction (page 13)
    • Thesis and Methodology (page 19)
    • Literature Review (page 20)
  • Chapter II: Historical Perspectives of Ethiopian Christology (page 31)
    • Establishment of the Non-Chalcedonian Christology in Ethiopia (page 31)
    • Ethiopian Christology During the Dark and Golden Ages (page 38)
    • Christological Controversies with Portuguese Missionaries (page 41)
      • The First Christological Debate (page 42)
      • The Second Christological Debate (page 45)
      • The Third Christological Debate (page 46)
    • Christological Sects in Ethiopia (page 48)
      • The Quibat (Unction) Sect (page 48)
      • The Tsegga (Grace) or Sosit Lidet (Three Births) Sect (page 51)
    • Chapter III: Miaphysite Christology According to the Ethiopian Tradition (page 55)
      • Mystery of the Incarnation (page 55)
      • Ethiopian Christological Terminologies (page 59)
        • Baharey ˜ essence, substance, nature, ??s?a, f?s??. (page 59)
        • Akal ˜ Person, p??s?p??, ?p?stas??. (page 63)
      • The Word Became FLesh (?ÓG?S – S??? [Logos Sarx]) Christology (page 64)
        • Divinization (Deification) of the Flesh (page 67)
        • One Hypostasis, One Nature (?nd akal, ?nd baharey) (page 71)
        • Analogies Used (page 74)
        • Double Consubstantiality (page 76)
      • One Incarnate Nature of God the Word (page 77)
        • Communicatio Idiomatum (Exchange of Properties) (page 79)
        • One Operation and One Will (page 82)
    • Chapter IV: The Theological Importance of Ethiopian Christology (page 85)
      • Heresies Rejected (page 85)
      • No Trinitarian Confusion (page 92)
      • Ethiopian Christology Retains the Title Theotokos for St. Mary (page 94)
      • It is in Harmony with the Orthodox Thought of Soteriology (page 96)
      • It Reflects the Deification of Humanity (Theosis Or Deificatio (page 98)
    • Chapter V: The Ethiopian Miaphysite Christology in Light of Modern Christological Dialogues (page 101)
      • Christological Consultations Between the Chalcedonian and Non-Chalcedonian Churches (page 102)
      • The Attitude of the EOTC Towards the Christological Agreements (page 106)
      • Mia-physis Formula as a Midpoint between Monophysitism and Dyophysitism (page 108)
    • Conclusion (page 111)
    • Bibliography (page 117)
    • Index of Modern Authors (page 123)
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