On the Person of Christ: The Christology of Emperor Justinian

On the Person of Christ: The Christology of Emperor Justinian

Kenneth P. Wesche

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At the opening of the sixth century, large segments of the Roman Empire had fallen to barbarian warlords. The Churches of Rome and Constantinople were locked in a schism rooted in different attitudes towards the decrees and definition of the Fourth Ecumenical Council held at Chalcedon in 451. The emperor Justinian (527-565) dreamed of reunifying and restoring the Empire, but to accomplish this he needed a unified Church. Before Justinian ascended the throne the schism between Rome and Constantinople had been healed, largely due to Justinian's influence, but a significant segment of the Eastern population (called "monophysites") would not accept the union and the imperial Church remained divided. (14x21cm; 204pages)