(The). Three books, or parts of three books- one by Theodore
of Mopsuestia, one by Theodore of Cyprus, and the third by Ibas, Bishop
of Edessa. These books were of a Nestorian bias on the subject of the
incarnation and two natures of Christ. The Church took up the
controversy warmly, and the dispute continued during the reign of
Justinian and the popedom of Vigilius. In 553 the Three Chapters were condemned at the general council of Constantinople.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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