Theological Models of the Doctrine of the Trinity: The Trinity, Diversity and Theological Hermeneutics

Theological Models of the Doctrine of the Trinity: The Trinity, Diversity and Theological Hermeneutics

by James Henry Owino Kombo

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Overview

The doctrine of the Trinity is the foundational doctrine for all Christian theology, doxology and practice. In this publication James Kombo brings a unique and valuable contribution to understanding the Trinity and how God can be understood within the context of any culture and language. Kombo first recognizes and brings into focus God’s self-presentation in Scripture as the triune God. Moving from the early church through various church traditions over the centuries, he interacts with how each tradition viewed God and their interpretation of the Trinity. Closing with a distinctly African view of God from the Luo language tradition, used mostly in Kenya and Tanzania, Kombo emphasises the benefits of considering alternative models of interpretation from various regions of the world. Kombo’s work applying his research across cultures makes this an excellent resource in any context of ministry and the academy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783681563
Publisher: Langham Creative Projects
Publication date: 08/30/2016
Series: Global Perspectives Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 148
File size: 734 KB

About the Author

JAMES HENRY OWINO KOMBO holds a DTh in Systematic Theology from Stellenbosch University. He currently serves as an Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya, where he also works as Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. He is a priest in the Anglican Church of Kenya, serving at All Saints Cathedral, Nairobi. He has also spoken in several conferences and is published widely on African Christianity, theology and philosophy, the African independent churches and the different expressions of African theology. James is married to Pamela and together they have three children: Leonida, Philip and Samuel.

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
The Beginning Point
Evangelical Formularies: The Problem of Language, New Developments, Faith Commitment and Secondary Theology
The Point of Departure
"Spoiling the Egyptians"
Flow of the Book and Summary of Chapters
Conclusion
Chapter 1
Canons, Texts and Interpretations: Ideas of God among the Jews of Jesus' Day
1.1 Introduction
1.2 Māšîah as an Interiorization of the God Relationship
1.3 Individuation of Wisdom
1.4 The Preexistent Logos
1.5 The Spirit of God
1.6 Conclusion
Chapter 2
Testimonies of the Early Church: Christian Identity, Theological Language and the Creeds
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Christian Identity: The Third Race Question
2.3 Theological Language: Ousia, Hypostasis, Persona, Prosopon
2.4 The Creeds
2.5 Conclusion
Chapter 3
God as Essence
3.1 Platonism, Neo-Platonism, Aristotelianism and Theology
3.2 St Augustine: God as the Godhead
3.3 Boethius: God as the Divine Substance
3.4 The Influence of Islam and Judaism: God as His Non-Divisible Essence
3.5 Thomas Aquinas: God as His Essence
3.6 Conclusion
Chapter 4
God as Absolute Subject
4.1 Beginnings of Self-Consciousness
4.2 Karl Barth
Self-Revelation
God as the Father
The Son
The Holy Spirit
Perichoresis
4.3 Karl Rahner
Self-Communication
God as the Father
The Son
The Holy Spirit
Ordering the Modes
4.4 Renown Theologians in the Model
4.5 Conclusion
Chapter 5
God as Community in Unity
5.1 Apophaticism
5.2 The Divine Energies
5.3 God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit
5.4 Hypostases Exist in Perichoresis
5.5 The Filioquism versus Monopatrism
5.6 The Father as Monarkhia
5.7 Renown Theologians in the Model
5.8 Conclusion
Chapter 6
God as Nyasaye
6.1 The Great Distractions: Tylor's Animism and Missionary Theologizing
6.2 The Access: Ubuntu Philosophy
6.3 The Trinitarian Moment
6.4 The Father: The Divine Monarchia
6.5 The Holy Spirit
6.6 The Son
6.7 Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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