The Divine Plan of Salvation in Cyril

Daniel A. Keating

in The Appropriation of Divine Life in Cyril of Alexandria

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780199267132
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602092 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

 The Divine Plan of Salvation in Cyril

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Traces Cyril’s narrative of salvation from the baptism of Jesus through his death and resurrection to his ascension and enthronement, in order to show that, in Cyril’s view, the re-creation, sanctification, and divinization of human nature is completed first in Christ himself. Particular attention in given to the baptism of Jesus, which for Cyril reveals the Incarnate Word as both agent and recipient of salvation and establishes the central place of the gift of the Spirit in Cyril’s narrative of divine life. The conclusion reached is that, in Cyril’s eyes, Christ’s humanity is at one and the same time a representative, corporate humanity and an individual, concrete humanity like our own.

Keywords: baptism of Jesus; humanity of Christ; re-creation; resurrection; salvation

Chapter.  16087 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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