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The Birth of the Trinity: Jesus, God, and Spirit in New Testament and Early Christian Interpretations of the Old Testament

Matthew W. Bates

Abstract

This book explores how first- and second-century Christians read the Old Testament in order to differentiate the one God as multiple persons. The earliest Christians felt they could metaphorically “overhear” divine conversations between the Father, Son, and Spirit when reading the Old Testament. When these snatches of dialogue are connected and joined, they form a narrative about the unfolding interior divine life as understood by the nascent church. What emerges is not a static portrait of the triune God, but a developing story of divine persons enacting mutual esteem, voiced praise, collabor ... More

Keywords: Trinity, Christology, Christology of Divine Identity, prosopological exegesis, person, dialogue, Son of God, New Testament, Old Testament, early Christian

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198729563
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729563.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew W. Bates, author
Assistant Professor of Theology, Quincy University