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Angelomorphic Pneumatology In The Book Of Revelation

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This chapter argues that the Book of Revelation exemplifies an archaic angelomorphic pneumatology similar to the one discerned in Clement of Alexandria. Moreover, it shows that, just as in Clement, such depictions of the Holy Spirit occur in tandem with spirit christology, within a theological framework still marked by binitarianism. Despite what seems to be a trinitarian opening, Revelation remains determined by a binitarian framework, concerned to present the divinity as a binitarian reality: God and his Son. Scholars often speak about the functional or experiential overlap between the Christ and Spirit in early Christian literature. The chapter offers a more detailed examination of this topic in Revelation, by discussing the phenomenon of prophecy. It argues that, similar to Clements elders, Revelation views the Spirit-experience as a direct influx of the Logos mediated by the seven spirits and ultimately reaching the prophet as a mystagogical revelation from the angelic spirit.

Keywords: Angelomorphic Pneumatology; binitarianism; Book of Revelation; Clement of Alexandria; Holy Spirit; prophecy; spirit christology



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