Patronage, Human and Divine

Adam M. Schor

in Theodoret's People

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268623
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948617 | DOI:
Patronage, Human and Divine

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This chapter examines the relation between Theodoret of Cyrrhus' performances of patronage and his teachings about Christ. It explains that Theodoret presented Christ as a mediator between God and humanity and he spoke of salvation as the perfection of human nature. It suggests that while his doctrinal formulas were drawn from Antiochene tradition, his interpretations of these formulas show parallels to his own performance as a mediator of patronage. Thus, it can be said that Theodoret explained Antiochene theology using deep metaphors culled from social experience.

Keywords: Theodoret of Cyrrhus; performances of patronage; Christ; salvation; human nature; doctrinal formulas; mediator of patronage; Antiochene theology; metaphors; social experience

Chapter.  9307 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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