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The Trinity in the Synoptic Gospels and Acts

Simon J. Gathercole

in The Oxford Handbook of the Trinity

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199557813
Published online January 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199557813.003.0005

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

The Trinity in the Synoptic Gospels and Acts

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This article analyzes the concept of Trinity in the synoptic gospels of the Books of Gospels and Acts in the New Testament. It points out that the God and Father of Jesus Christ is the one God of Israel, the Creator who chose Israel and promised to restore her to holiness. It explains that the synoptic Gospels include Jesus within the divine name and attribute to him the divine power of electing and forgiving, as well as pre-existence, although the synoptic Gospels also indicate that the Son receives everything from the Father. It argues that the particular focus of the Synoptics is that of the accomplishment of the Father's plan of redemption in the death and resurrection of the Son.

Keywords: Trinity; synoptic gospels; Gospels; Acts; New Testament; God; Father of Jesus Christ; God of Israel; divine name; redemption

Article.  6632 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Christianity ; Religious Studies ; Philosophy of Religion

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