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Bibil Identifier bibil:248600
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) From Conversion according to Paul and “John” to Theosis in the Greek Patristic Tradition
Author Despotis, Athanasios
Journal Horizons in Biblical Theology (Volume: 38, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2016
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2016
Year (Copyright) 2016
Year (Reference) 2016
Language English
Pages 88-109 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This paper investigates the question of deification in two groups of New Testament texts, i.e. the Pauline Epistles and the “Johannine literature” (fourth Gospel and Epistles of “John”), as well as the Greek patristic tradition. Though a specialized vocabulary referring to deification is missing from these groups of texts, Greek fathers used a very sophisticated combination of Pauline and “Johannine” concepts for the development of their respective theologies of deification. This study tries to explain why the patristic theologies of deification are so closely emulating Paul and “John” and it detects a common line that runs through the background of Paul and “John” as well as the patristic notion of theosis, namely the experience of the beginnings of the Christian life as an ontological transformation, i.e. conversion.
DOI 10.1163/18712207-12341317
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Conversion
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Conversion
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