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Contemplating on Earth the Radiant Noetic Anthropos: Pseudo-Hippolytus’s “Mystery Apocalypse”

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This chapter emphasizes a new methodological mark of the pre-Nicene paschal theology. This mark is especially connected with the liturgical-mystical facet of this theology and its position concerning the invisible or mystery dimension of reality. All the key elements of an apocalypse mentioned by Collins (narrative framework, revelation, mediatorial heavenly being, human recipient, and transcendent knowledge) can be identified in the text ascribed to Pseudo- Hippolytus. The themes of the descended glory and the king of glory reoccur in the New Testament writings and pseudepigraphic materials. The chapter also emphasizes the vision of God as a divine character of glorious or luminous nature. In order to access the divine corporeality of light, veiled by Christ's visible body, Christians need to be initiated and trespass the borders between the aisthetic and noetic spheres.

Keywords: king of glory; New Testament writings; pre-Nicene paschal theology; Pseudo- Hippolytus



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