The Early Church Alexandrian Theology
The Early Church

Modern category for the Christology and the exegesis of theologians associated with the patriarchate of Alexandria.

Mosaic of Christ from the Hagia Sophia Church in Constantinople

In Christology the principal emphasis of Alexandrian theology is on the unity of Christ's divinity and humanity. The union of the two natures is described as "hypostatic" or "personal" and it is taught that the Logos of God assumes flesh but that the logos does not have two natures. Origen and Cyril of Alexandria were among the most influential representatives of this school. Exegetes of the Alexandrian schooloften used allegorical methods of interpretation. Not all theologians associated by scholars with Alexandrian theology worked in Alexandria.

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