The Human Formation

John Behr

in Asceticism and Anthropology in Irenaeus and Clement

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780198270003
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683862 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

The Human Formation

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Irenaeus exemplifies Adam as a type of Christ and events in the economy prepare man for realizing Christ. Evidently, Irenaeus's anthropology is Christocentric. This chapter discusses Irenaeus's view on the creation and formation of man. It looks into the aspects of the creation of man involving the use of earth and the breath of life to depict man's body and soul. Also, focus is given to the role of the ‘Spirit of man or the Spirit of God’ in man's creation. The chapter also tackles the notion of ‘likeness’ as man is said to be created in Christ's likeness.

Keywords: Adam; Christ; God; likeness; man; anthropology; creation of man; Irenaeus; body; soul

Chapter.  13392 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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