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Eikonic Christology and Soteriology

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One of the most fascinating models of paschal soteriology was a paradigm largely spread in early Christian times, which the author have called "eikonic soteriology". The two main characters of this salvation narrative are the divine Eikon and its earthly eikon (image or copy); in other words, Jesus Christ and the human being. This chapter shows that the inventor of said eikonic soteriology was Paul. Further, paschal theology preserved this doctrine on salvation either in Pauline or slightly modified form. An investigation of Melito's eikonic soteriology has to start from his conception regarding the image of God within the human being. The chapter discusses the nature of Tertullian's eikonic soteriology. Methodius argues extensively in Res. 1.49-51 that God created the various creatures that populate the universe according to their specific category and nature.

Keywords: Jesus Christ; paschal theology; Tertullian's eikonic soteriology



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