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Theodoret's PeopleSocial Networks and Religious Conflict in Late Roman Syria$
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Adam Schor

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520268623

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520268623.001.0001

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Patronage, Human and Divine

Patronage, Human and Divine

The Social Dynamics of Theodoret's Christology

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Theodoret's People

Adam M. Schor

University of California Press

This chapter examines the relation between Theodoret of Cyrrhus' performances of patronage and his teachings about Christ. It explains that Theodoret presented Christ as a mediator between God and humanity and he spoke of salvation as the perfection of human nature. It suggests that while his doctrinal formulas were drawn from Antiochene tradition, his interpretations of these formulas show parallels to his own performance as a mediator of patronage. Thus, it can be said that Theodoret explained Antiochene theology using deep metaphors culled from social experience.

Keywords:   Theodoret of Cyrrhus, performances of patronage, Christ, salvation, human nature, doctrinal formulas, mediator of patronage, Antiochene theology, metaphors, social experience

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