The Melkite Christianity of the patriarchates of Alexandria, Jerusalem and Antioch, for centuries, considered its orthodoxy to be the faith of the first six ecumenical councils. Even if the disputation on the icons is mentioned in their treatises and doctrines, especially in apologetic works with Muslims, the seventh council was not considered ecumenical. In my paper I aim to analyze the presentation of these six councils according to one Melkite historical work: the Annals of Eutychius of Alexandria. This work is one of the first historical works we know written in Arabic by a Christian. I will examine how this author presents the councils in their historical context, how he reads and presents the doctrine of each council, and how he describes the heresies and heretics that led to its convocation. I will analyze Eutychius’ historical exposition of Melkite-Chalcedonian dogma and to try to answer these two questions: (1) How does he read the doctrines of the councils? and (2) How does he present the faith through his particular Melkite and Chalcedonian reading?

The Melkite-Chalcedonian Reading of History: The Case of Eutychius of Alexandria and his Annals

Bishara Ebeid
2019

Abstract

The Melkite Christianity of the patriarchates of Alexandria, Jerusalem and Antioch, for centuries, considered its orthodoxy to be the faith of the first six ecumenical councils. Even if the disputation on the icons is mentioned in their treatises and doctrines, especially in apologetic works with Muslims, the seventh council was not considered ecumenical. In my paper I aim to analyze the presentation of these six councils according to one Melkite historical work: the Annals of Eutychius of Alexandria. This work is one of the first historical works we know written in Arabic by a Christian. I will examine how this author presents the councils in their historical context, how he reads and presents the doctrine of each council, and how he describes the heresies and heretics that led to its convocation. I will analyze Eutychius’ historical exposition of Melkite-Chalcedonian dogma and to try to answer these two questions: (1) How does he read the doctrines of the councils? and (2) How does he present the faith through his particular Melkite and Chalcedonian reading?
Proceedings of The Aram Forty Sixth International Conference: Melkite Christianity (ARAM Conference 2017)
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