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<i>The Tripersonal God</i> <i>The Tripersonal God</i> <i>and the Incarnate Son</i>

Gerald O'Collins SJ and Mario Farrugia SJ

in Catholicism

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780199259946
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602122 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199259941.003.0004
The Tripersonal God The Tripersonal God and the Incarnate Son

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After summarizing the emergence of Jewish monotheism and the personifications of divine activity (as Word/Wisdom and Spirit), the chapter moves to the way Jesus proclaimed the kingdom of God and claimed both a more than human authority and a unique, intimate relationship with God as Abba. This datum, along with their experience of his resurrection from the dead and the coming of the Holy Spirit, led Paul and other early Christians to worship Christ as divine Lord and the only Son of God. Thus, the New Testament laid the ground for the subsequent, creedal confession of God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The chapter ends by spelling out the two natures and one person of Christ, along with his work as Saviour of the world.

Keywords: Augustine; Chalcedon; Creed; Pre-existence; Prophets

Chapter.  17488 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christian Theology

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