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Summary of Part One

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This summary of the first part of the book shows that early paschal homilies envisioned the divine dimension of Jesus Christ as a celestial human-like figure of large proportions; a Divine Anthropos. Methodius, in his turn, conceives of the Heavenly Anthropos in Pauline terms as Jesus' pre-incarnate condition and equates the Anthropos with the Divine Image and Jesus' body of glory. An inspection of the Adam/Anthropos tradition has shown us that it evolved in two distinct ways from the two biblical anthropologies of Gen 1:27 and 2:7, either exalting the empirical Adam of Gen 2:7 to a glorious figure or hypostasizing the Divine Image of Gen 1:27. The paschal texts articulated the idea of Divine Anthropos within the framework of the second trajectory as well as the Pauline vision of the Divine Anthropos. This refers to the ontological status and divine functions which Paul envisioned for the Divine Anthropos in his writings.

Keywords: Divine Anthropos; early paschal homilies; Heavenly Anthropos; Jesus Christ

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