Book Two 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:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Book Two of De Trinitate

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This chapter offers a close reading of Book Two of De Trinitate. Here we see the influence of the Sirmium manifesto and Basil of Ancyra's theological circle on the revisions to Hilary's text. Book Two demonstrates the thorough integration of Hilary's pro-Nicene theology with the exegetical and theological strategies of Basil of Ancyra and his Homoiousian circle. Particularly noteworthy in this discussion is Hilary's use of St. Matthew's baptismal formula and Basil of Ancyra's father/son analogy. Hilary's alterations to Book Two also constitute his most comprehensive treatment of Photinus of Sirmium's adoptionist Christology.

Keywords: Basil of Ancyra; Photinus of Sirmium; baptismal formula; Father; Son; Holy Spirit; modalism; subordinationism; adoptionism; analogy; eternal generation

Chapter.  12261 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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