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This chapter provides concluding comments on study of the early Christian tradition of angelomorphic pneumatology by taking a look at the concepts discussed in preceding chapter of the book. From a religio-historical perspective, angelomorphic pneumatology constitutes a significant phase in Christian reflection on the Holy Spirit. Generally speaking, early Christian reflection on Christ and the Spirit was carried out within the categories inherited from Jewish apocalyptic literature. Angelomorphic pneumatology, however, and the associated exegesis of Matthew 18:10 illustrated by Clement of Alexandria and Aphrahat, became problematic with the advent of the Arian and Pneumatomachian confrontations, and were eventually discarded. The Shepherd of Hermas and Aphrahat illustrate the link between angelomorphic pneumatology and early Christian ascetic theory, which is also significant from a history-of-ideas perspective. The idea that the Spirit would depart from the sinful person was rejected in the course of the Messalian controversy.

Keywords: angelomorphic pneumatology; Aphrahat; Clement of Alexandria; early Christian tradition; Holy Spirit



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