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Irenaeus of Lyons and the Theology of the Holy Spirit
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Irenaeus of Lyons and the Theology of the Holy Spirit

Anthony Briggman


Irenaeus' theology of the Holy Spirit is often regarded highly, but that regard is not universal, nor has an adequate volume of literature supported it. This study provides a detailed examination of certain principal, often distinctive, aspects of Irenaeus’ pneumatology. In contrast to those who have suggested Irenaeus held a weak conception of the person and work of the Holy Spirit, this work demonstrates that Irenaeus combined Second Temple Jewish traditions of the spirit with New Testament theology to produce the most complex Jewish-Christian pneumatology of the early church. In so doing, I ... More

Keywords: Irenaeus of Lyons, Holy Spirit, Pneumatology, Binitarianism, Trinitarianism, Jewish-Christian, Second Temple Jewish traditions, New Testament theology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199641536
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641536.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anthony Briggman, author
Assistant Professor of the History of Early Christianity, Emory University