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Gregory of Nazianzus on the Trinity and the Knowledge of GodIn Your Light We Shall See Light$
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Christopher A. Beeley

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195313970

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313970.001.0001

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 Jesus Christ, the Son of God

 Jesus Christ, the Son of God

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(p.115) 2 Jesus Christ, the Son of God
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Gregory of Nazianzus on the Trinity and the Knowledge of God
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Gregory A. Beeley

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313970.003.0003

This chapter gives a new, comprehensive interpretation of Gregory's Christology, focusing on his account of creation, the fall, and final redemption; his seminal doctrine of divinization (theosis); the relationship between soteriology and Christology; the singular identity of Christ as “one and the same” God and Son; the unity of Christ, against longstanding dualistic interpretations of Gregory's Christology; the principles of Christological exegesis; Gregory's vivid sense of the divine suffering in Christ and the centrality of Christ's crucifixion and resurrection; the predominance and unifying effect of Christ's divinity on his humanity; and Gregory's Christological spirituality, whereby the doctrine of Christ is itself the means of the Christian's ascent to God. Attention is also given to Gregory's opposition to the Antiochene Christology of Diodore, in addition to as that of Eunomius and Apollinarius.

Keywords:   Jesus Christ, Christology, incarnation, theosis/divinization, creation, fall, divinity of Christ, narrative Christology, unity of Christ, “one and the same,” cross, divine suffering, Christological exegesis, Diodore of Tarsus

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