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St. Cyril of Alexandria, A New Testament Exegete


His Commentary on the Gospel of John


This study portrays Cyril of Alexandria as exegete and theologian through an examination of his Commentary on the Gospel John. It begins with an attempt to place Cyril and his commentary within their context. This work argues that Cyril wrote his Commentary on the Gospel of John early in his writing career, almost a decade before becoming bishop. Cyril’s commentary on the Johannine Gospel reveals his exegetical method and his strong Trinitarian theology. The commentary also focuses on the nature and work of the Holy Spirit: the indwelling of the Spirit is the beginning of the newness of life.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-59333-581-6
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Publication Date: Aug 2,2007
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 368
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-59333-581-6
$143.75
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This study portrays Cyril of Alexandria as exegete and theologian through an examination of his Commentary on the Gospel of John. It begins with an attempt to place Cyril and his commentary within their context. Cyril’s multifaceted personality becomes evident in the years before he became bishop. A Christian Egyptian and a citizen of the Roman Empire, raised in the cosmopolitan city of Alexandria and trained as an ascetic in Scetis, a student of Scripture and rhetoric, Cyril became a writer, an exegete, and a reader in the Church of Alexandria. This work argues that Cyril wrote his Commentary on the Gospel of John early in his writing career, almost a decade before becoming bishop.

Cyril’s commentary on the Johannine Gospel reveals his exegetical method and his strong Trinitarian theology. Influenced by his rhetorical training, he begins with the literal meaning and then directs his readers to the deeper, spiritual, hidden, and enigmatic meaning of the text. Cyril’s spiritual interpretation aims to disclose the type of Christ and discover the deep and hidden meaning of scripture. The Trinity is the framework within which Cyril articulates his understanding of the Incarnation and redemption. The unity, oneness, and indivisibility of Christ are preserved at all times and under all conditions, not only within his own nature but also within the Trinity. The commentary also focuses the nature and work of the Holy Spirit: the indwelling of the Spirit is the beginning of the newness of life.

Lois M. Farag was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt. She completed her undergraduate studies majoring in mathematics and pursued her graduate studies in the United States with an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. in Early Christian Studies from The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. She taught at Loyola College in Maryland and at the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland. She is presently an Assistant Professor of Early Church History at Luther Seminary in Minnesota.

This study portrays Cyril of Alexandria as exegete and theologian through an examination of his Commentary on the Gospel of John. It begins with an attempt to place Cyril and his commentary within their context. Cyril’s multifaceted personality becomes evident in the years before he became bishop. A Christian Egyptian and a citizen of the Roman Empire, raised in the cosmopolitan city of Alexandria and trained as an ascetic in Scetis, a student of Scripture and rhetoric, Cyril became a writer, an exegete, and a reader in the Church of Alexandria. This work argues that Cyril wrote his Commentary on the Gospel of John early in his writing career, almost a decade before becoming bishop.

Cyril’s commentary on the Johannine Gospel reveals his exegetical method and his strong Trinitarian theology. Influenced by his rhetorical training, he begins with the literal meaning and then directs his readers to the deeper, spiritual, hidden, and enigmatic meaning of the text. Cyril’s spiritual interpretation aims to disclose the type of Christ and discover the deep and hidden meaning of scripture. The Trinity is the framework within which Cyril articulates his understanding of the Incarnation and redemption. The unity, oneness, and indivisibility of Christ are preserved at all times and under all conditions, not only within his own nature but also within the Trinity. The commentary also focuses the nature and work of the Holy Spirit: the indwelling of the Spirit is the beginning of the newness of life.

Lois M. Farag was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt. She completed her undergraduate studies majoring in mathematics and pursued her graduate studies in the United States with an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. in Early Christian Studies from The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. She taught at Loyola College in Maryland and at the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland. She is presently an Assistant Professor of Early Church History at Luther Seminary in Minnesota.

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Lois Farag

Born and raised in Cairo, Egypt. She completed her undergraduate studies majoring in mathematics and pursued her graduate studies in the United States with an M.Div. degree from Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. in Early Christian Studies from The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. She taught at Loyola College in Maryland and at the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore, MD. She is presently an Assistant Professor of Early Church History at Luther Seminary, MN.