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The Noetic Anthropos of the Pre-Nicene Paschal Texts

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This chapter shows that the paschal authors defined Jesus' divine dimension not only by means of biblical language but also by qualifying it as noetic, pneumatic, and "rational". The author visualizes the universe as a statue and the beginning of times as the moment when God saw the first beauty of his statue. The key point of discussion regards the change of the human being from the physical body to the body of resurrection, a discussion in which the Pauline distinction between the physical and spiritual bodies is taken as an axiom. The main goal of the theory, however, is to identify that unique reality which remains constant during the passage from one ontological condition to the other. Several times, early paschal texts allude, or directly affirm, as in Pseudo- Hippolytus's case, that Jesus' divine condition implies a luminous corporeality perceivable only through the nous or noesis.

Keywords: early paschal texts; Jesus Christ; noetic Anthropos; Pseudo- Hippolytus's case



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