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Incorruptible BodiesChristology, Society, and Authority in Late Antiquity$
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Yonatan Moss

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520289994

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520289994.001.0001

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Severus Transformed

(p.141) Conclusion
Incorruptible Bodies

Yonatan Moss

University of California Press

This concluding chapter summarizes the issues discussed in the book and looks ahead to the aftermath of the incorruptibility controversy as it played out in the second half of the sixth century. Invoking what it called “the stereoscopic approach,” the book has argued that Severus of Antioch's position concerning the social body of Christ was both reflected in and informed by his position concerning the physical body of Christ. According to Severus, Jesus's body before the resurrection was corruptible and attained incorruptibility only after its death and resurrection. Julian, on the other hand, claimed that the body of Christ was incorruptible from the moment of the incarnation. Severus's eucharistic outlook, like his christology and ecclesiology, recognized both corrupt and incorrupt aspects in the liturgical body, whereas Julian viewed the Eucharist as purely incorrupt. This chapter ends by offering three examples of the ways in which Severus's followers perpetuated Julian's legacy under the former's name, and in the process transformed both the memory of Severus and the identity of the anti-Chalcedonian movement itself.

Keywords:   incorruptibility, Severus of Antioch, body of Christ, resurrection, incarnation, christology, ecclesiology, liturgical body, Eucharist, anti-Chalcedonian movement

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