St. Emperor Justinian (+565): Dialogue with Paul of Nisibis

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St. Emperor Justinian (+565):
DIALOGUE WITH PAUL OF NISIBIS

Translated by Dr. Jeffrey Macdonald, 1998.

Extract of the Discussion which the Emperor Justinian had with Paul the Bishop of Nisibis, who was a Nestorian.

Cæsar: Do you confess with us that God the Word, who has the same nature as the Father, is incarnate and has become man from the womb of the Virgin Mary and that He has taken a body which has the same nature as us and has made himself an indivisible unity [1], and that there is not another man, who would exist in a separate hypostasis, or be known apart from Himself, do you confess [this] or not? [2]

Nestorian: We confess, as we have taken from the Prophets and the Apostles, that the one who has taken the form and likeness of God has taken the form of a servant from the womb of the Virgin and is conjoined in an indivisible unity.

Orthodox: Thus I say, this is His own body, as for each of us there is a proper body.

Nestorian: Then Christ is not a particular man in His human nature, but is only God, because He does not subsist as a complete and hypostatic man in a natural unity. [3]

Orthodox: Christ is perfect man in His human nature, as He is truly also perfect God because He is one hypostasis which possesses two perfections. [4] But if there are two hypostases as you suppose, and not one, He is not able to be called one so as to possess two complete things, but each hypostasis being complete in itself, there would be no intermediary to unite the completed things. For that Continue reading “St. Emperor Justinian (+565): Dialogue with Paul of Nisibis”

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