Christ in the Early Christian Hymns

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From the first days of the church, Christians confessed their faith in Jesus Christ in both theological discussion and in popular hymns of devotion. After the major church councils from Nicaea to Chalcedon brought clarification and definition to Christological doctrines, the hymns began to express clearly this belief in Jesus as truly God and truly human. Father Liderbach shows that pre-Nicaean hymns inductively held in tension both the full humanity of Jesus and his more-than-human status. Then during the ...
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From the first days of the church, Christians confessed their faith in Jesus Christ in both theological discussion and in popular hymns of devotion. After the major church councils from Nicaea to Chalcedon brought clarification and definition to Christological doctrines, the hymns began to express clearly this belief in Jesus as truly God and truly human. Father Liderbach shows that pre-Nicaean hymns inductively held in tension both the full humanity of Jesus and his more-than-human status. Then during the councils from Nicaea to Chalcedon, deductive doctrine held sway in the new hymn compositions. But the final definition by Chalcedon encouraged new hymns in which humanity and divinity are once again held in experiential tension according to the "rule of faith" of the earliest period.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780809138098
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Pages: 153
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
I Christology in Worship 1
II The Significance of Hymns: The Rule of Faith 8
III Early Hymns - A Preface to a Dialectical Interpretation of the Meaning of Christ Jesus 33
IV The Pre-Nicaean Hymns Concerning Christ and the Belief Expressed in Those Early Hymns 38
V The Early Church's Declarations about Christ in Its Hymns 87
VI The Development of the Controversies Leading Up to Chalcedon: The Dialectic between Antioch and Alexandria 99
VII The Need for Tensive Dialectic to Express Mystery 123
VIII The Tensive Approach to Christ Jesus 134
Notes 140
Bibliography 145
Index 152
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