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Exegesis and the Early Christian Doctrine of the Trinity

Mark Edwards

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/9780199557813.003.0007

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Exegesis and the Early Christian Doctrine of the Trinity

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This article considers the exegesis of the Scripture and the early Christian doctrine of the Trinity. It suggests that though the materials for the doctrine of the Trinity are scriptural, the doctrine is nowhere stated in the Scriptures. It explores how the exegesis of Scripture, against the Gnostics' rejection of the Old Testament and in the face of other heterodox currents, led to the language in which Trinitarian doctrine was formulated during the first centuries of the Church.

Keywords: exegesis; Scripture; Christian doctrine; Trinity; Gnostics; Old Testament

Article.  6577 words. 

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

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