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An Analysis Of The Biblical Roots Of The Doctrine Of The Trinity

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The issue of the biblical roots of the doctrine of the Trinity relates to the question of the self-revelation of God. The issue is the self-revelation of God, how the scripture depicts this disclosure, and how the Christian community experiences that self-revelation. God is both objectively and subjectively experienced as triune. Thus, a fundamental question is: Does the term Trinity capture the essence of Israel's God as we meet him in the pages of the Bible? Christian thought has offered diverse responses to these questions. The Old Testament indicates what is clearly a progressive self-revelation of God. The New Testament accepts the Old Testament's understanding of God and does not raise either the question of God's existence or that of the 'one' and the 'many.' The chapter demonstrates that the doctrine of the Trinity is in fact scriptural.

Keywords: biblical roots; Christian community; God; New Testament; Old Testament; self-revelation; trinity

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