Hypostatic Union


Hypostatic Union
Hypostatic Union
A theological term used with reference to the Incarnation to express the revealed truth that in Christ one person subsists in two natures, the Divine and the human

Catholic Encyclopedia. . 2006.

Hypostatic Union
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    A theological term used with reference to the Incarnation to express the revealed truth that in Christ one person subsists in two natures, the Divine and the human. Hypostasis means, literally, that which lies beneath as basis or foundation. Hence it came to be used by the Greek philosophers to denote reality as distinguished from appearances (Aristotle, "Mund.", IV, 21). It occurs also in St. Paul's Epistles (II Cor., ix, 4; xi, 17; Heb., i, 3:iii, 14), but not in the sense of person. Previous to the Council of Nicæa (325) hypostasis was synonymous with ousia, and even St. Augustine (De Trin., V, 8) avers that he sees no difference between them. The distinction in fact was brought about gradually in the course of the controversies to which the Christological heresies gave rise, and was definitively established by the Council of Chalcedon (451), which declared that in Christ the two natures, each retaining its own properties, are united in one subsistence and one person (eis en prosopon kai mian hpostasin) (Denzinger, ed. Bannwart, 148). They are not joined in a moral or accidental union (Nestorius), nor commingled (Eutyches), and nevertheless they are substantially united. For further explanation and bibliography see: INCARNATION; JESUS CHRIST; MONOPHYSITISM; NATURE; PERSON.
    E.A. PACE
    Transcribed by Thomas J. Bress

The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume VIII. — New York: Robert Appleton Company. . 1910.


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  • Hypostatic union — (from the Greek: polytonic|ὑπόστασις, hypostasis, translated reality or person ) [ polytonic|ὑπόστασις in Bauer, Danker, Arndt, Gingrich, A Greek English Lexicon of the New Testament other Early Christian Literature . Chicago: University of… …   Wikipedia

  • Hypostatic union — Union Un ion (?; 277), n. [F., from L. unio oneness, union, a single large pearl, a kind of onion, fr. unus one. See {One}, and cf. {Onion}, {Unit}.] 1. The act of uniting or joining two or more things into one, or the state of being united or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hypostatic union — Hypostatic Hy po*stat ic, Hypostatical Hy po*stat ic*al, a. [Gr. ?: cf. F. hypostatique.] 1. Relating to hypostasis, or substance; hence, constitutive, or elementary. [1913 Webster] The grand doctrine of the chymists, touching their three… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hypostatic union — noun Etymology: part translation of French union hypostatique, from Middle French : union in one hypostasis; especially : the union of the divine and human natures of Christ in one hypostasis …   Useful english dictionary

  • hypostatic union — The substantial union of divine and human nature in the one person of Jesus Christ. Belief in this is a formal doctrine of the Christian church. See also Nestorianism …   Philosophy dictionary

  • hypostatic union —    This term (from the Greek hypostasis, meaning what lies beneath, and the Latin unio, meaning oneness or unity ) refers to the union of the divine and human natures in the one divine person of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (See CCC 464 469) …   Glossary of theological terms

  • hypostatic union — Incarnation …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • hypostatic union —  Ипостасное единство …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов

  • Hypostatic — Hy po*stat ic, Hypostatical Hy po*stat ic*al, a. [Gr. ?: cf. F. hypostatique.] 1. Relating to hypostasis, or substance; hence, constitutive, or elementary. [1913 Webster] The grand doctrine of the chymists, touching their three hypostatical… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Union — Un ion (?; 277), n. [F., from L. unio oneness, union, a single large pearl, a kind of onion, fr. unus one. See {One}, and cf. {Onion}, {Unit}.] 1. The act of uniting or joining two or more things into one, or the state of being united or joined;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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