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Proper Orthography of St. Cyril's "one nature" phrase
« on: May 03, 2010, 09:47:52 AM »
Howdy -

In writing a short paper for seminary, I'm a bit stuck on how to write a certain Greek phrase--the key "one incarnate nature of God the Word"--is the phrase spelled, "μία φύσις τοῦ θεοῦ λóγου σεσαρκωμένη," or μία φύσις τοῦ θεοῦ λóγου σεσαρχωμένη"

I'm a stickler for language, so any help you'd be able to give would be appreciate.
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Re: Proper Orthography of St. Cyril's "one nature" phrase
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2010, 10:39:15 AM »
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Re: Proper Orthography of St. Cyril's "one nature" phrase
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2010, 10:45:48 AM »
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Hi!  Christ is Risen!

In writing a short paper for seminary, I'm a bit stuck on how to write a certain Greek phrase--the key "one incarnate nature of God the Word"--is the phrase spelled, "μία φύσις τοῦ θεοῦ λóγου σεσαρκωμένη," or μία φύσις τοῦ θεοῦ λóγου σεσαρχωμένη"

I'm a stickler for language, so any help you'd be able to give would be appreciate.

Well, the Fathers were sticklers for language, so you're in good company.  It is σεσαρκωμένη, from σάρξ, σαρκός - flesh (used here for incarnate).
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Re: Proper Orthography of St. Cyril's "one nature" phrase
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2010, 01:26:03 PM »
Interesting how the first is found in St. John of Damascus

It's hard to see, but if you zoom in on Google's scan, you'll see the search engine just misidentifies the κ as a χ. It's a pretty low quality scan. Anyway, that Migne edition of St. John says σεσαρκωμένη, as it should.
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