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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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Book Two of De Trinitate

Book Two of De Trinitate

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Hilary of Poitiers on the Trinity

Carl L. Beckwith (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers a close reading of Book Two of De Trinitate. Here we see the influence of the Sirmium manifesto and Basil of Ancyra's theological circle on the revisions to Hilary's text. Book Two demonstrates the thorough integration of Hilary's pro-Nicene theology with the exegetical and theological strategies of Basil of Ancyra and his Homoiousian circle. Particularly noteworthy in this discussion is Hilary's use of St. Matthew's baptismal formula and Basil of Ancyra's father/son analogy. Hilary's alterations to Book Two also constitute his most comprehensive treatment of Photinus of Sirmium's adoptionist Christology.

Keywords:   Basil of Ancyra, Photinus of Sirmium, baptismal formula, Father, Son, Holy Spirit, modalism, subordinationism, adoptionism, analogy, eternal generation

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