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Divine Warrior Christology and the Soteriology of the Divine Combat

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The two paradigms of eikonic soteriology assume two distinct christological titles and functions. While the eikonic soteriology of re-creation envisions Christ as a Demiurge, the eikonic soteriology of liberation portrays him as a Divine Warrior. This chapter focuses on "Divine Warrior Christology" and its corresponding soteriology, which in its own way represents a theorization of considerable complexity. Pseudo-Hippolytus, Origen, and Pseudo-Chrysostom (In sanctum Pascha) instill new elements in this story and create a narrative of much more philosophical intricacy. The pattern of the combat myth, instituting the paschal Eucharist as a divine banquet with its own special rituals, reappears in Origen's Peri Pascha. The chapter explores the feature of a deep connection between the divine combat and the institution of rituals following the conflict. The combat and victory elements create an institution narrative which includes the Last Supper for the paschal Eucharist envisioned as a sacred festival and banquet.

Keywords: divine combat; divine warrior Christology; eikonic soteriology



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