The Earliest Christologies: Five Images of Christ in the Postapostolic Age
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The Earliest Christologies: Five Images of Christ in the Postapostolic Age

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Theology is a minefield to those who aren't mindful. Having a gift for organizing complex thought, James Papandrea discerns five images for Christ within the larger context of the second-century church: Christ as angel, as prophet, as phantom, as cosmic mind, and as Word. He ably critiques substandard positions in The Earliest Christologies.

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Title: The Earliest Christologies: Five Images of Christ in the Postapostolic Age
By: James L. Papandrea
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2016
Weight: 7 ounces
ISBN: 0830851275
ISBN-13: 9780830851270
Stock No: WW851271

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The second century was a religious and cultural crucible for early Christian Christology. Was Christ a man, temporarily inhabited by the divine? Was he a spirit, only apparently cloaked in flesh? Or was he the Logos, truly incarnate? Between varieties of adoptionism on the one hand and brands of gnosticism on the other, the church's understanding took shape. In this clear and concise introduction, James Papandrea sets out five of the principal images of Christ that dominated belief and debate in the postapostolic age. While beliefs on the ground were likely more tangled and less defined than we can know, Papandrea helps us see how Logos Christology was forged as the beginning of the church's orthodox confession. This informative and clarifying study of early Christology provides a solid ground for students to begin to explore the early church and its Christologies.

Author Bio

James L. Papandrea (PhD, Northwestern University) is associate professor of church history at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary at Northwestern University. He is the author of several books, including The Trinitarian Theology of Novatian of Rome and Reading the Early Church Fathers.

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The Earliest Christologies is an absolutely first-rate introduction to the early development of Christological doctrine. Papandrea has the gift of explaining complex issues clearly, simply, and precisely. . . . This book most definitely belongs in all libraries, academic and seminary, supporting programs in early Christian studies and/or theology."

-- Thomas M. Dousa, Catholic Library World, September 2016

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