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300-38. Diepen concludes, "Neo-chalcedonism was not a new doctrine, only a change of tactics, prompted by the ambiguous conclusions drawn from the moderation of St. Leo and the fathers of Chalcedon," p. 338. 30 C. Leontius of Jerusalem and his Writings. 1. Chronology and Biographical Data. The end of our historical sketch brings us to the beginning of the period of Leontius' literary activity. Because Leontius always refers to Severus' followers, and never to Severus directly, M. Richard suggests the year of Severus' death, 538, as the "terminus a quo" for the Leontian corpus: the Contra Monophysitas and the Adversus Nestorianu8, written in that order.

47 See Eccl. Hist. xxii, and C. " ("Un représentant de la christologie néo-chalcédonienne au début du Vie siècle in Orient, Nephalius d'Alexandrie," RHE 40, p. ) 25 48 Patriarch Acacius. The Emperor Zeno, in response to the Pope who had written of his concern that the appointment of Peter meant the abandonment of Chalcedon, assured the Pope that the reception of 49 Chalcedon was the requirement for Peter's appointment. These events suffice to show that there was in the East an influential group of Chalcedonians who saw no conflict in upholding the Henoticon with its explicit mention of Cyril's 12 Anathemas.

5 Moeller goes on to say that this two-fold definition of hypostasis assumed by Leontius of Jerusalem and other "neo-chalcedonians" reveals monophysitic tendencies. " For, if hypostasis is defined as concrete characteristics such as size and color, and if the human nature of Jesus has no hypostasis, then obviously the human nature of Jesus has no size or color or any other concrete characteristics. disappeared! It has On the other hand, to define hypostasis as "that which exists by itself" means that hypostases consist of "subsisting relations" which, when applied to the Trinity, results g in tri-thelsm.

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