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Trinitarian Theology In Early Christian Anaphoras

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The Western theologians claim to find that theology at least implicitly-but indeed actually-present in the classical Eucharistic Prayers of the patristic golden age. This chapter explores the validity of this claim. First, the mature trinitarian theology of the Eucharist that contemporary theologians can claim to find in the classical anaphoras of the patristic golden age, especially those associated with the names of Basil and Chrysostom, and the many contemporary Eucharistic Prayers that descend from them, can be summed up in the chapter. Second, the trinitarian understanding of sacrifice that contemporary theologians can claim to find at least implicitly present in these classical patristic anaphoras. However, the relatively few crumbs of evidence one did uncover, from within the focus of the search into the early Christian anaphoras, seem to support only one direction: that doctrine, in the Arian controversy, did shape liturgy, and from both the Arian and the orthodox directions.

Keywords: classical Eucharistic prayers; early Christian anaphoras; patristic anaphoras; trinitarian theology



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