Person or Personification? a Patristic Debate about Logos

Maurice Wiles

in The Glory of Christ in the New Testament

Published in print November 1987 | ISBN: 9780198263265
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682452 | DOI:
Person or Personification? a Patristic Debate about Logos

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This chapter presents an essay on the patristic debate concerning the logos or the pre-existence of Christ as a person. It analyses the relevant works of Eusebius and Marcellus and suggests that both their positions on the pre-existence of Christ failed to establish itself as the faith of the Church. However, they represent the two basic exegetical options in relation to the New Testament teaching about the pre-existence of Christ.

Keywords: pre-existence of Christ; patristic debate; Eusebius; Marcellus; Church; faith; New Testament; exegesis

Chapter.  4322 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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