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The three subjects condemned by the Emp. Justinian in an edict of 543–4, namely (1) the person and works of Theodore of Mopsuestia; (2) the writings of Theodoret against Cyril of Alexandria; and (3) the letter of Ibas of Edessa to Maris. As all three were considered sympathetic to Nestorius, Justinian hoped the edict would conciliate the Monophysites. The E. Patriarchs assented, but Pope Vigilius at first refused to approve the edict on the ground that it opposed the decrees of the Council of Chalcedon. After the Fifth General Council at Constantinople in 553 had condemned the Three Chapters, the Pope accepted the Council's decision.

(1) the person and works of Theodore of Mopsuestia; (2) the writings of Theodoret against Cyril of Alexandria; and (3) the letter of Ibas of Edessa to Maris.

Subjects: Christianity — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).


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