Trinitarian Convictions, Trinitarian Logic

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

Trinitarian Convictions, Trinitarian Logic

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Chapter 7 challenges two errant readings of Irenaeus. The first is the notion that, on occasion, Irenaeus incorporates a Spirit-Christology that identifies the pre-existent Christ as the Holy Spirit. The second is the determination that angelomorphism exists in Proof of the Apostolic Preaching 10. By not avoiding this type of Spirit-Christology and angelomorphic thinking about the Word and Spirit, Irenaeus shows himself to have eschewed Second Temple Jewish traditions that so often hindered the theological accounts of his predecessors and contemporaries. As a result, he was the first to produce a pneumatology in which binitarian logic does not diminish either the identity or activity of the Holy Spirit. Trinitarian logic accompanies his Trinitarian beliefs.

Keywords: Holy Spirit; Spirit-Christology; Angelomorphism; Second Temple Jewish Traditions; Binitarianism; Trinitarianism s

Chapter.  11584 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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