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1. Of or relating to the theological doctrine, declared heretical in 431, that within Jesus are two distinct persons, divine and human, rather than a single divine person.
2. Of or relating to a Christian church whose teachings are historically derived from this doctrine.

[After Nestoriuswho was accused of propounding this doctrine.]

Nes·to′ri·an n.
Nes·to′ri·an·ism n.
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(nɛˈstɔr i ən, -ˈstoʊr-)

1. any of the followers of Nestorius, who denied the hypostasis of Christ and maintained the existence of two distinct persons in Him.
2. of or pertaining to the Nestorians.
[1400–50; < Late Latin Nestoriānus]
Nes•to′ri•an•ism, n.
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, nestor - Nestorian means wise and aged, and a nestor is a senior figure or leader in one's field.
See also related terms for leader.
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Noun1.Nestorian - a follower of Nestorius
follower - a person who accepts the leadership of another
Adj.1.Nestorian - relating to Nestorius or Nestorianism
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A man with unshakable conviction in his own faith and an unyielding grip on Nestorianism, took over the Church of the East in 1976, the crumbling church was at its lowest ebb with just 5 bishops & a handful of churches in its ecclesiastical arsenal, the great Nestorian mission was disarrayed and on the point of extinction, although it must be said through no fault of its own.
In her study on the Nestorian Church and its interactions with Muslims, Metselaar aims to portray the influences these two faith communities had on each other.
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The people who lived at the monastery probably belonged to the "Nestorian Church, or Church of the East," it said, adding that the settlement was abandoned after about 750 AD.
Hoping to contribute to the reconciliation, Loon explores Cyril's use of Aristotelian logic, meanings and metaphysics in the trinitarian writings, the first years of the Nestorian controversy, Contra Nestorium, and other writings from the year 430.
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But Nestorian missionaries of the seventh and eighth centuries were more successful than the Catholic ones who arrived much later, in large part because they did not expose or venerate crucifixion images.
Assyrian Nestorian and Egyptian Monophysite communities, for example, were deemed "heterodox" by the church of Constantinople and were therefore subject to persecution.
(Editor's note: The Catholic equivalent of the Holy Catholic Apostolic Assyrian Church of the East, a Nestorian Church, is the Chaldean Church.