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Introduction: Theoretical Aims and Methods

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This is the introductory chapter of the book, which investigates the presence of the Anthropos theme in early paschal theology, namely, in the paschal writings of Melito, Pseudo-Hippolytus, Origen, and Methodius. It offers the background of the Anthropos theme in the Second Temple and Hellenistic speculations about theophanies, Divine Image, Adam, and salvation. In particular, it underlines the emergence most likely in the first century ce of two phenomena of vital significance for the contextual and more appropriate understanding of the noetic paschal Anthropos: the first refers to the Son of Man character as eschatological anthropomorphic figure and eschatological judge, while the second denotes the idea of archetypal, protological Anthropos in Philo and Paul. The book pays special attention to several fundamental titles of the paschal Christ and the salvific theories generated around these titles.

Keywords: Adam; Divine Image; early paschal theology; Melito; noetic paschal Anthropos



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