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Berytus, Council of

was held A.D. 448, as is supposed, in September, to hear a charge preferred against Ibas, bishop of Edessa, by nine of his clergy, which was twofold: first, that he had said, "I envy not Christ being made God, having been made so myself as much as he," which he denied indignantly; and next, that he had called St. Cyril a heretic, which he averred he never had after the reconciliation between John of Antioch, his own superior, and St. Cyril. To refute this, his letter to Maris of subsequent date was adduced in evidence, containing a narrative of the whole controversy between Nestorius and St. Cyril. He rejoined by producing a testimonial in his favor addressed to Eustathius, bishop of Berytu.s, and Photius, bishop of Tyre, two of his judges, and signed by upwards of sixty presbyters, deacons, and subdeacons of his diocese. His acquittal followed which, having been reversed at Ephesus by Dioscorus of Alexandria the year following, was confirmed in the tenth session of the Council of Chalcedon, where the acts of this council are preserved. His epistle to Maris, indeed, was afterwards condemned at the fifth General Council.

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Berytus, Council of'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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