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Rethinking adoptionism: an argument for dismantling a dubious category

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This article argues that adoptionism is an anachronistic category when used to describe texts from the first three Christian centuries, a mirage created by later theological controversies about the relationship between the Father and the Son. I survey the evidence for second- and third-century figures and texts generally identified ‘adoptionist’ in order to show that these figures do not advocate a shared christological stance. Instead, we find a variety of distinct postures that disagree wit...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1017/S0036930622000710

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Theology Faculty
Sub department:
Theology and Religion Faculty
Oxford college:
Keble College
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Author
ORCID:
0000-0001-6426-1478
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Name:
European Commission
Grant:
891569
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Journal:
Scottish Journal of Theology More from this journal
Volume:
76
Issue:
1
Pages:
31-43
Publication date:
2023-01-10
Acceptance date:
2022-07-18
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EISSN:
1475-3065
ISSN:
0036-9306
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
1269747
Local pid:
pubs:1269747
Deposit date:
2022-07-25

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