The Beginning of a Pneumatology

Anthony Briggman

in Irenaeus of Lyons and the Theology of the Holy Spirit

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199641536
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738302 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

The Beginning of a Pneumatology

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Chapter 2 contains discussions of Against Heresies 1 and 2. In comparison to what we find in the subsequent parts of his work, these books contain little to comment upon. On the whole, Irenaeus’ thought here is more primitive than later, and reflects the minimal development of pneumatology to this point in Christian history. Nevertheless, the first detailed theology of the Holy Spirit began to take form as Irenaeus sketched out his thoughts on the Spirit in the first two Books of AH. Even here, in his earliest thought on the Spirit, Irenaeus defines the Spirit as possessing the perfect nature of the Creator and as having a role in creation. Thus, he has already moved beyond the rudimentary understanding of the Spirit we find in the middle of the second century in authors such as Justin.

Keywords: Holy Spirit; Spirit as Creator; Perfect; Spiritual Creator God

Chapter.  7041 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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