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The Son Of God And The Angelomorphic Holy Spirit In Justin Martyr

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The fact that Justin Martyr articulated his trinitarian faith by means of a problematic trinitarian theology is a commonplace in scholarship. This chapter attempts to place Justins understanding of the Spirit in the larger tradition of angelomorphic pneumatology, illustrated by Revelation, the Shepherd of Hermas, and some of Clement of Alexandrias writings. In doing so, the author treads the footsteps of Christian Oeyen, who suggested this direction in an article published in 1972 and suggestively entitled The Teaching about the Divine Powers in Justin. To give an account of the Son of God, Justin deploys a christological reading of biblical theophanies, which enables him to proclaim Christ as the Lord who appeared to the patriarchs and prophets before being incarnate from the Virgin. Similarly to Clement of Alexandria, Justin uses angelic imagery to convey his teaching about the Holy Spirit.

Keywords: angelomorphic pneumatology; Clement of Alexandria; Holy Spirit; Justin Martyr; Son of God



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