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The Roots of the “Divine Anthropos” Tradition

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The roots of the idea of Divine Image, associated with Jesus, may be traced back to Yahweh's Image. From a hermeneutical point of view, each of the Heavenly Adam/Anthropos elaborations of the second model reflects a particular speculation on the theme of Divine Image and a special interpretative vision of Gen 1:27. Paul can be also regarded as a representative of the Jewish tradition which hypostasizes the Divine Image of Gen 1:27. The Heavenly Anthropos theme receives different treatments in Hermetic and Gnostic contexts and it is necessary to have a schematic map of these treatments in order to know which of these positions will be reflected in the pre-Nicene paschal texts. An overview of the late antique intellectual context in which the idea of Heavenly Anthropos emerged cannot be complete without mentioning the essential episode of the Gnostic Anthropos.

Keywords: Divine Image; Gnostic Anthropos; Heavenly Anthropos; Jewish tradition; pre-Nicene paschal texts; Yahweh's Image

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