Third Council of Dvin

The Third Council of Dvin was a church council held in 607 (or 609-610[1]) in the city of Dvin (then in Sasanian Armenia). The schism within the Armenian Church which had erupted as a result of the second Chalcedonian Catholicosate in Armenia (591–610), was mended, and the Council of Chalcedon of 451 was explicitly condemned.[2][3]

Third Council of Dvin
Date607 or 609-610
Accepted byArmenian Apostolic Church
Previous council
Second Council of Dvin
Chronological list of ecumenical councils

The synod saw the election of an Armenian, Abraham I of Aghbatan [hy], as Catholicos. Abraham condemned the Council of Chalcedon in accordance with the decision of the Second Council of Dvin.[4] The Georgian church had however, come to support the position of the Chalcedonian Church on that Council, and this Council established the distinct split between the Armenian and Georgian Churches.

Although a rift was established with the Georgian church the Council led to mending of a rift within the Armenian Church itself.[5]


  1. ^ Cone, Steven D.; Rea, Robert F. (2019-09-05). "Chapter 2: The Church from 500 to 1500". A Global Church History: The Great Tradition through Cultures, Continents and Centuries. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 978-0-567-67305-3.
  2. ^ La Porta 2018, p. 137.
  3. ^ van Lint 2018, p. 423.
  4. ^ "The Orthodox Church of Georgia". CNEWA. Retrieved 2020-09-17.
  5. ^ Augustine Casiday, The Orthodox Christian World (Routledge, 21 Aug 2012) page 47-48.