Novatian of Rome and the Culmination of Pre-Nicene Orthodoxy

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Novatian of Rome and the Culmination of Pre-Nicene Orthodoxy is an overview of the development of Christology and Trinitarian doctrine, which reached a plateau with Novatian, the third-century priest of Rome. Here James Papandrea offers an enlightening and thorough treatment of the thought, historical context, and theological influences of Novatian. Included are an assessment of the alternative Christologies of the pre-Nicene period, a survey of Novatian's legacy, and concluding comments on the relevance of his ...

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Overview

Novatian of Rome and the Culmination of Pre-Nicene Orthodoxy is an overview of the development of Christology and Trinitarian doctrine, which reached a plateau with Novatian, the third-century priest of Rome. Here James Papandrea offers an enlightening and thorough treatment of the thought, historical context, and theological influences of Novatian. Included are an assessment of the alternative Christologies of the pre-Nicene period, a survey of Novatian's legacy, and concluding comments on the relevance of his theology and ecclesiology for the contemporary church.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606087800
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/7/2011
  • Series: Princeton Theological Monographs
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 1,327,218
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 The State of Christology before the Mid-Third Century 1

The Age of Apostolic Fathers and Apologists 1

The Age of the Theologians 15

The State of Christology before Novatian 42

2 Novatian: His Life and Historical Context 47

The Church in Rome 47

Novatian the Priest and Theologian 55

Novatian the Schismatic 58

Novatianists after Novatian 69

3 Novatian: Master of Doctrine 73

The Problem of Christian Monotheism 73

Novations Interpretation of Philippians 2:6-11 74

Kenosis and the Life of the Divine Word 84

The Relationship of the Father and Son: Dynamic Subordination 96

Novatian's Trinity Anticipates Nicaea and Constantinople 106

Novatian's Christology Anticipates Ephesus and Chalcedon 110

4 Novatian's Ongoing Legacy 121

Western Theologians Who Show Evidence of Influence from Novatian 123

Eastern Theologians Who Show Evidence of Influence from Novatian 128

Between Two Thieves 132

Conclusion 140

Appendix: Outline of Doctrinal Terms 143

Other Works by the Author 157

Bibliography 159

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