By Lawrence J. Welch
In line with a radical studying of Cyril's statement on John, Lawrence Welch's research constitutes a compelling reconsideration of Cyril of Alexandria's early Christology. demanding the conventional Logos-Sarx framework of research, Dr. Welch argues that for Cyril, the doctrine of the individual of Christ can't be thought of except the doctrine of salvation or from the doctrine of Church's worship.
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Despite the inconsistencies and detours in his thought, Cyril usually is intent upon the historical Christ rather than speculating about the functions of the non-human Logos. In his exegesis of scripture, especially in the Commentary On John, Cyril fixes his attention primarily upon the historical Christ and his redemptive work. Chapter Two: Logos-Sarx? Cyril's Concept of Sarx :Jv1. ore than one interpreter of Cyril of Alexandria describes the christology of his early works as a Logos-sarx cbristology.
415. ' Jacques Liebaert, La doctrine christologique Logos-Sarx 42 of the t);uxT]. The 'flesh' is also the recipient of gifts, of holiness and of glory. Throughout his argument, which is directed against the Arians, Cyril never once thinks of attacking the basic christological principle on which they rely, that the Logos is the soul of Christ. He disputes only the consequences which the heretics draw from it for the nature of the Logos. " 6 It clearly supposed here that Cyril understood sarx to signify unanimated corporeality.
Von Alexandrien. 8 Struckmann, a Catholic, wrote in reply to several Protestant scholars9 who had advanced the thesis that Cyril taught a spiritual and non-corporeal presence of Christ in the eucharist. His research tried to show ' Adolf Struckmann, Die Eucharistielehre des heiligen Cyril! von Alexandrien, (Paderborn, 1910). I should mention here Martin Jugie's "La terminology christologique de saint Cyrille d'Alexandrie," Echoes d'Orient, 15 (1912): 12-27. Jugie did not directly reply to Harnack but noted that lack of uniformity in Cyril's Christological terminology.
Christology and Eucharist in the Early Thought of Cyril of Alexandria by Lawrence J. Welch