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Bibil Identifier bibil:223109
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Origin and Significance of the Angelomorphic Christology in the Ascension of Isaiah
Author Knight, Jonathan
Journal The Journal of Theological Studies (Volume: 63, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 66-105 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The conclusion of the Ascension of Isaiah, 11.32–3, a carefully staged scenario, is determinative for the exegesis of the entire text. It picks up the notion of Christ’s journey to the right hand of God from first-century Christology and embellishes it with a formal description of pre-existence, commission, and descent which the authors composed in the light of Jewish apocalypticism. They introduced the disguised descent and Trinitarian vision, setting these within the context of the seven-storied cosmology. The Beloved One’s subordination to the Most High determines the way in which all other beings in the cosmos are described. This explains the strong emphasis on hierarchy in the text. The description of the disguised descent derives from the Jewish angelological pattern held in common with the Apocalypse of Abraham. The result is a unique synthesis which elucidates one of the ways in which first-century Christianity explained its beliefs about Jesus and should inform future discussion of christological origins. Source-critical work still needs to address the present form of the Ascen. Isa. and the relationship of its different elements, including the possibility of historical change and development.
DOI doi:10.1093/jts/fls060
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha : Apocryphal Texts relating to Old Testament Characters or Events : Texts : Isaiah : Ascension of Isaiah / Martyrdom of Isaiah
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Christology
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Christology
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Angel
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