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The Correspondence of Severus and Sergius


Translation and Introduction by Iain Torrance
Severus of Antioch was the Patriarch of Antioch and a moderate Miaphysite. Sergius the Grammarian is a lesser-known figure, but the content of his letters demonstrates that he was a more extreme Miaphysite. The early 6th century correspondence between the two consists of a set of three letters apiece and an apology by Sergius. Made available in Syriac along with Torrance’s translation, these letters are an important part of the working out of concerns associated with the Council of Chalecedon.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-59333-971-5
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Publication Date: Feb 4,2011
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 220
Languages: English, Syriac
ISBN: 978-1-59333-971-5
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Exploring the world of sixth-century Miaphysitism, Torrance here provides translations of the letters between two Miaphysites of differing outlooks. Severus of Antioch was the Patriarch of Antioch and a moderate Miaphysite whose doctrine differed from Catholic teaching primarily in terminological divergences. Sergius the Grammarian is a lesser-known figure, but the content of his letters demonstrates that he was a more extreme Miaphysite. The correspondence between the two consists of three letters of Sergius and the three replies by Severus. An additional apology by Sergius rounds out the collection. Made available in the original Syriac along with Torrance’s translation, these letters are an important part of the working out of concerns associated with the context of the Council of Chalecedon. Presented here with a new introduction by the translator, the letters are available to readers interested in this fascinating and involved period of church history.

Iain R. Torrance earned his D. Phil. at Oxford University and is the President of Princeton Theological Seminary. He has written widely on many current issues in theology and is a respected scholar of Eastern Christianity.

Exploring the world of sixth-century Miaphysitism, Torrance here provides translations of the letters between two Miaphysites of differing outlooks. Severus of Antioch was the Patriarch of Antioch and a moderate Miaphysite whose doctrine differed from Catholic teaching primarily in terminological divergences. Sergius the Grammarian is a lesser-known figure, but the content of his letters demonstrates that he was a more extreme Miaphysite. The correspondence between the two consists of three letters of Sergius and the three replies by Severus. An additional apology by Sergius rounds out the collection. Made available in the original Syriac along with Torrance’s translation, these letters are an important part of the working out of concerns associated with the context of the Council of Chalecedon. Presented here with a new introduction by the translator, the letters are available to readers interested in this fascinating and involved period of church history.

Iain R. Torrance earned his D. Phil. at Oxford University and is the President of Princeton Theological Seminary. He has written widely on many current issues in theology and is a respected scholar of Eastern Christianity.

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Iain Torrance

Iain Torrance is President of Princeton Theological Seminary. Prior to that, he was Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Divinity at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He has degrees from Edinburgh, St Andrews and Oxford.

  • Table of Contents (page 7)
  • Acknowledgments (page 9)
  • Introduction (page 11)
    • A. Severus, Antoninus and Sergius (page 11)
    • B. Earlier Studies of Severus (page 18)
    • C. Manuscript and Translation (page 25)
  • Text and Translation (page 29)
    • Letter I of Sergius (page 30)
    • Letter I of Severus (page 36)
    • Letter II of Sergius (page 70)
    • Letter II Severus (page 82)
    • Letter III of Sergius (page 146)
    • Letter III Severus (page 166)
    • The Apology of Sergius (page 198)
  • Bibliography of Works Cited (page 213)
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