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Asceticism and Anthropology in Irenaeus and Clement$
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John Behr

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198270003

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270003.001.0001

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The Human Formation

The Human Formation

(p.86) Chapter 2 The Human Formation
Asceticism and Anthropology in Irenaeus and Clement

John Behr

Oxford University Press

Irenaeus exemplifies Adam as a type of Christ and events in the economy prepare man for realizing Christ. Evidently, Irenaeus's anthropology is Christocentric. This chapter discusses Irenaeus's view on the creation and formation of man. It looks into the aspects of the creation of man involving the use of earth and the breath of life to depict man's body and soul. Also, focus is given to the role of the ‘Spirit of man or the Spirit of God’ in man's creation. The chapter also tackles the notion of ‘likeness’ as man is said to be created in Christ's likeness.

Keywords:   Adam, Christ, God, likeness, man, anthropology, creation of man, Irenaeus, body, soul

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