Justinian, Origen, and the ‘Three Chapters’

Henry Chadwick

in The Church in Ancient Society

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780199246953
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600463 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

 Justinian, Origen, and the ‘Three Chapters’

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The ecumenical efforts of Justinian as sole emperor between 527 and 565 were blighted by the inherent intransigence of the parties involved. As supreme governor of the whole Church, he sought to reconcile Chalcedonians and Monophysites by his ‘Three Chapters’ of 542 condemning named individuals. But Justinian's reassertion and defence of the ‘two natures’ of Christ as defined at Chalcedon, albeit with some dilution, did nothing to placate the Monophysites, who were particularly influential in Alexandria. Deposed Monophysite bishops were replaced by Chalcedonians, and the Monpohysites came to feel that they had their own identity now threatened by Justinian.

Keywords: Alexandria; Constantinople; Justinian; Monophysites; Rome; Three Chapters

Chapter.  7191 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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