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The Gift of Divine Life

Daniel A. Keating

in The Appropriation of Divine Life in Cyril of Alexandria

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780199267132
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602092 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199267138.003.0003

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

The Gift of Divine Life

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Considers Cyril’s understanding of the manner in which the divine life in Christ is appropriated, or passed on, to us. It examines in turn: (a) the gift of the Holy Spirit in relation to baptism; (b) the Eucharist as participation in the life-giving flesh of Christ; and (c) the complex issues surrounding the dual means of reception. Concludes that Cyril presents a twofold path for the reception of divine life, centred around the notion of divine indwelling, and often depicted through the paired terms, ‘spiritually’ and ‘corporeally’. These two modes of indwelling are normally related to the sacramental events of baptism and the Eucharist respectively.

Keywords: anthropology; appropriation; baptism; divine life; Eucharist; indwelling

Chapter.  23089 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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