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Latin Anti-Modalism In Matthaeum

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Recent scholarship on Hilary's In Matthaeum has shown convincingly that in thought and exegesis it belongs squarely within the classical Latin theological tradition. The author argues that this insight can be extended to demonstrate that In Matthaeum also includes the antimodalism of the early Latins. The author also wishes to show that Hilary's doctrine of Christ and the refutation of his opponents in In Matthaeum are anti-modalist in ways that reflect the direct influence of Tertullian and Novatian. Hilary's purpose in writing the In Matthaeum is not polemical. What polemic there is in In Matthaeum derives from classical Latin anti-modalism. That this is so tell us two things about Hilary's thought prior to his exile. First, Hilary did come into the Trinitarian controversy as a traditional Latin anti-modalist. Second, the way Hilary appropriated his tradition suggests that the benchmark for his pre-exile theology is Latin Logos-Sarx Christology.

Keywords: anti-modalism; Hilary; In Matthaeum; Latin; Novatian; Tertullian; theology



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