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Philoxenos of Mabbug (c. 440-523) was once a prolific late-antique theologian and polemicist who produced the biggest literary corpus to have survived in Syriac. He earned a name because the major Syriac opponent of the Council of Chalcedon (451) and its two-nature Christology. In The Practical Christology of Philoxenos of Mabbug, David A. Michelson bargains a brand new interpretation of Philoxenos' one-nature Christology through studying the post-Chalcedonian doctrinal disputes via a holistic research of Philoxenos' lifestyles and works. Michelson's exploration of the complete Philoxenian corpus unearths a miaphysite point of view at the Christological controversies during which the highbrow conflict used to be now not basically over defining doctrine. As a metropolitan bishop, sponsor of a revised New testomony, and monastic theologian, Philoxenos used to be largely fascinated by issues of Christian praxis and the ascetic pursuit of divine wisdom. This publication exhibits how he adversarial Chalcedonian Christology simply because he was once confident its 'intellectual' theological technique used to be inimical to the magical pursuit of divine wisdom via liturgical and ascetic perform. Philoxenos' polemical engagement drew upon a theological epistemology that he had tailored from late-Nicene theologians together with Ephrem, the Cappadocians, and Evagrius. Philoxenos argued that divine wisdom was once to not be accomplished via human realizing or doctrinal inquiry. as a substitute, precise divine wisdom used to be attained via perform, particularly contemplation, analyzing of scripture, participation within the liturgical mysteries, and ascetic self-discipline. Michelson considers every one of those practices in flip to teach how Philoxenos contextualized competition to Chalcedon as a part of a bigger imaginative and prescient of ascetic and religious fight. briefly, for Philoxenos the doctrinally recondite clash over Christology was once ideal a pragmatic matter.

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