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Jesus Christ, Eternal GodHeavenly Flesh and the Metaphysics of Matter$
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Stephen H. Webb

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199827954

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827954.001.0001

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Jesus Christ, Eternal God

Stephen H. Webb

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines three resources for an appropriation and revision of Heavenly Flesh Christology: Duns Scotus and his Primacy of Christ thesis, the Radical Reformation work of Caspar Schwenckfeld, and Eastern Orthodox interpretations of the Transfiguration. The work of Scotus is much maligned in contemporary theology, and even for his supporters, his Christology is rarely connected to his metaphysics. The author shows that the metaphysical implications of his Christology fit nicely with and add a revisionary element to Heavenly Flesh Christology. Schwenckfeld should be treated as one of the original and innovative thinkers about Christology in the history of theology. This chapter should go far in advancing that claim. Finally, debates about the Transfiguration focus on the question of what it revealed. Was Jesus Christ always, even in his earthly body, the form of the eternal light of God? If so, then was his body incorruptible even before the resurrection?

Keywords:   Duns Scotus, Primacy of Christ, Radical Reformation, Caspar Schwenckfeld, Eastern Orthodox, Transfiguration

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