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Hilary of Poitiers on the TrinityFrom De Fide to De Trinitate$
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Carl Beckwith

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199551644

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199551644.001.0001

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The Structure and Chronology of De Trinitate

The Structure and Chronology of De Trinitate

(p.71) 4 The Structure and Chronology of De Trinitate
Hilary of Poitiers on the Trinity

Carl L. Beckwith (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the structure and chronology of Hilary's De Trinitate. It is argued that Hilary decided to compose De Trinitate before he started to write Book Seven. Toward that end, he revised his earlier treatises, De Fide (books two and three) and Adversus Arianos (books four to six), by writing new prefaces for them and adding new exegetical and theological arguments to reflect his mature understanding of the Trinity. Moreover, Hilary chose to write at this time Book One and affix it to the beginning of De Trinitate. In addition to determining when Hilary made his revisions, this chapter addresses the reasons, as revealed in his text, that led Hilary to make these changes.

Keywords:   De Trinitate, De Fide, Adversus Arianos, analogy

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