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Cyril of AlexandriaHis Life and Impact

Cyril of Alexandria

His Life and Impact

Daniel Hames
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A fascinating glimpse into the life of one of the Early Church Fathers, his defence of orthodox theology, and how his Christ–centredness has shaped the faith of the Church.


Cyril of Alexandria (c. 376 – 444 AD) was a towering figure in early Christianity, renowned for his theological prowess and leadership as the Patriarch of Alexandria. Born into a prominent Christian family, Cyril received a comprehensive education in theology and philosophy, which equipped him for his future role as a defender of orthodox Christian doctrine.


Daniel Hames unpacks Cyril’s tenure as Patriarch, marked by significant theological controversies, notably his fierce defense of the divinity of Christ against the teachings of Nestorius, culminating in the Council of Ephesus in 431 AD. Cyril played a pivotal role in condemning Nestorianism and affirming the doctrine of the hypostatic union – the belief in the union of Christ’s divine and human natures in one person.


Cyril’s legacy endures as one of the most influential figures in the development of the doctrine of Christ, shaping the theological landscape of Christianity for centuries to come.



Series Preface

A Chronology of Cyril’s Life


1.     The Man, the Myth, the Legend

2.     The Nestorian Controversy

3.     Who is Jesus?

4.     Who is God?

5.     What is Salvation?

6.     Chalcedon and Beyond




Hames begins with some history and biography of Cyril before setting up the dynamics of the controversy with Nestorius. The chapters on Jesus, God and salvation are a look into Cyril’s theology, especially in the light of the battle he was fighting. The final chapter and afterword survey his influence on the church immediately after his lifetime and highlight some of the ways we might turn to Cyril today as we navigate the question and debates of our own time.


  • Early Church Fathers series: edited by Michael A. G. Haykin and Shawn J. Wilhite, this series relates the magnificent impact that those fathers of the early church had on our world today
  • Extra Features: a chronology of Cyril’s life, including key councils held in the years following his death
  • Theologically Instructive: helps us understand the importance of applying correct Christology
Daniel Hames

About Daniel Hames

Daniel Hames (PhD Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam) is Vice President and Lecturer in Theology at Union School of Theology. He is author, with Michael Reeves, of ‘God Shines Forth: How the Nature of God Shapes and Drives the Mission of the Church’.


  • Author: Daniel Hames
  • Release Date: September 2024
  • Pages: 168
  • Format: Trade paperback
  • Dimensions: 198 x 130
  • ISBN: 9781527111332
  • Imprint: Christian Focus
  • Category: History & Biography > Biography > Biography & Autobiography
  • Series: The Early Church Fathers


You’ll come away from this book not only with a new appreciation for the Cyril you never knew, but far more important, with a deepened sense of wonder at the depths of the Gospel.

Donald Fairbairn, Professor of Early Christianity, Gordon–Conwell Theological Seminary, Hamilton, Massachusetts

Drawing from an impressive grasp of Cyril’s life and writings, Dr. Hames surveys his biography, summarizes his theology, and considers his legacy in a study that is as enjoyable as it is informative. Reading this book will grow your appreciation for Cyril and, even more, your love for Jesus Christ, the divine Son incarnate. I highly recommend it.

John W. Tweeddale, Vice President of Academics and Professor of Theology, Reformation Bible College, Sanford, Florida
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