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'τὰ Τίνων Ἄρα Ρήματα Θεολογεȋ?': The Exegetical Relationship Betweenathanasius Orationes Contra Arianos I Iii And Marcellus Of Ancyra S Contra Asterium

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As long ago as 1983, Professor Kannengiesser was calling for ?une comparaison approfondie? between the Orationes contra Arianos of Athanasius of Alexandria, and three other works: Marcellus of Ancyra?s Contra Asterium, Eusebius of Caesarea?s Contra Marcellum, and the same author?s De ecclesiastica theologia. Marcellus? work must, of course, be reconstructed from the surviving fragments. The Contra Asterium, therefore, could well be the source of all the actual written quotations used in the Orations, assuming with various commentators that Athanasius is citing the Thalia from memory. A brief study of Athanasius? section on the eternity of the Son and Word (CA I.11?36) will again show the ways in which Athanasius variously uses, engages with, and disagrees with Marcellus? account. Marcellus cites a battery of prophetic passages speaking of the Word of the Lord, apparently to counter a reluctance on the part of his opponents to use the term.

Keywords: Athanasius; Contra Asterium; Contra Marcellum; Orationes contra Arianos



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