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The Structure and Chronology of <i>De Trinitate</i>

Carl L. Beckwith

in Hilary of Poitiers on the Trinity

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199551644
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720789 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199551644.003.0005

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

The Structure and Chronology of De Trinitate

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This chapter addresses the structure and chronology of Hilary's De Trinitate. It is argued that Hilary decided to compose De Trinitate before he started to write Book Seven. Toward that end, he revised his earlier treatises, De Fide (books two and three) and Adversus Arianos (books four to six), by writing new prefaces for them and adding new exegetical and theological arguments to reflect his mature understanding of the Trinity. Moreover, Hilary chose to write at this time Book One and affix it to the beginning of De Trinitate. In addition to determining when Hilary made his revisions, this chapter addresses the reasons, as revealed in his text, that led Hilary to make these changes.

Keywords: De Trinitate; De Fide; Adversus Arianos; analogy

Chapter.  9638 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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