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The Doctrine Of Apokatastasis

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Apokatastasis is generally translated in English as 'restoration', 'restitution', or 're-establishment'. In the Hellenic, or Hellenistic scheme of things it is used to refer to the return of things to a former state. Clement's doctrine of apokatastasis begins with the simple imperative of the unity of faith espoused in Ephesians 4.13. It is difficult to overestimate the role that faith plays in Clement's theology in general, but it is particularly prevalent in Clement's universalism. Clement's interpretation of the anointing of Judas' feet by Christ is therefore used as a way of understanding what is exactly meant by the death to death: the fragrance brings about the destruction of death. The life to life provides proof that death holds no sway for those who live in Christ.

Keywords: apokatastasis; Christ; Clement; death to death; Ephesians; life to life; universalism

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