Book Three 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 Three of De Trinitate

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This chapter offers a close reading of Book Three of De Trinitate. In 358, Hilary drastically altered the presentation of the original contents of Book Three by attaching a new preface that re-contextualized the book's argument and addressed two concerns that seem to have been raised against the original presentation of his faith in De Fide (III.1-4). Following the preface, Hilary inserted an extended exegetical discussion of Jesus' high priestly prayer in John 17 (III.8-17) and added a brief summary of his mature position that aggressively denounced the Homoian position (III.22-23).

Keywords: Basil of Ancyra; Photinus of Sirmium; eternal generation; Father; Son; Holy Spirit; wisdom; faith; reason

Chapter.  8745 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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