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Gregory of Nyssa and the Concept of Divine Persons$
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Lucian Turcescu

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195174250

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195174259.001.0001

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The Lesser Trinitarian Treatises I

The Lesser Trinitarian Treatises I

To His Brother Peter: On the Difference between Ousia and Hypostasis

(p.47) 3 The Lesser Trinitarian Treatises I
Gregory of Nyssa and the Concept of Divine Persons

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This treatise points to some factors that are essential for the understanding of the concept of divine persons: (1) The relation of the divine persons to the divine substance is similar to the relation between the individual and the universal; (2) a divine person is understood as a unique collection of properties; (3) the divine persons are relational entities; (4) the main differences among the divine persons are that the Father is ungenerated, the Son is the only begotten of the Father, and the Holy Spirit proceeds forth from the Father; and (5) the divine persons are in a permanent and perfect communion with one another. This last factor makes them be living persons and not merely unique collections of properties.

Keywords:   persons, divine, God, Father, Son, Holy Spirit, individual, universal, relation, communion

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