Cyril of Alexandria Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)


Kelly, J. N. D. “The Christological Settlement.” In Early Christian Doctrines, pp. 310–43. London: Adam & Charles Black, 1965.

Examines Cyril's Christology, or theory of the divine Incarnation, and contrasts it with that of Cyril's main theological opponent, Nestorius of Constantinople. This essay was originally published in 1958.

McEnerney, John I. Introduction to St. Cyril of Alexandria Letters 1-50, translated by John I. McEnerney, pp. 1-9. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 1987.

Summarizes the content of Cyril's correspondence, the majority of which concerns the Christological controversy between him and Nestorius in the first half of the fifth century.

Meijering, E. P. “Cyril of Alexandria on the Platonists and the Trinity” and “Some Reflections on Cyril of Alexandria's Rejection of Anthropomorphism.” In God Being History, pp. 114–27, 128–32. Amsterdam: North Holland Publishing Company, 1975.

Examines Cyril's ambivalent attitude toward Greek philosophy and his objections to Platonizing Christian theology, respectively.

O'Keefe, John J. “Christianizing Malachi: Fifth-Century Insights from Cyril of Alexandria.” Vigiliae Christianae 50, no. 2 (1996): 136–59.

Investigates Cyril's Commentary on Malachi as an example of Christianizing methods and contexts of patristic Old Testament exegesis.

Wilken, Robert L. “Exegesis and the History of Theology: Reflections on the Adam-Christ Typology in Cyril of Alexandria.” Church History 35 (1966): 139-56.

Considers Cyril's allegorical allusions to Christ as the “second Adam” in response to certain theological problems associated with his view of the Incarnation.