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Christ, Creation, and the Vision of God: Augustine's Transformation of Early Christian Theophany Interpretation (Kari Kloos) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2010) 9789004191297
Christ, Creation, and the Vision of God: Augustine's Transformation of Early Christian Theophany Interpretation (Kari Kloos) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2010) 9789004191297
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Title: Christ, Creation, and the Vision of God: Augustine's Transformation of Early Christian Theophany Interpretation

Author: Kloos, Kari

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2010

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004191297

Volumes: 1; Pages: xiv, 218

List Price in Cloth: $138.00 Our price: $117.25

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Why did early Christian authors interpret the biblical theophany narratives as manifestations of Christ? And how was this interpretation challenged by Augustine? This book explores the theological underpinnings of ancient Christian theophany interpretation, tracing its development into two major exegetical strands. Patristic exegesis of the theophanies involved polemic and the formation of Christian identity, the relationship between vision and spiritual transformation, and theological claims about knowing God through creation. While the christological interpretation developed within particular early Christian beliefs and logic, Augustine challenged it using similar logic and foundational beliefs. Through Augustine's reconfigured reading, one may see the critical and creative capacity of patristic authors to adapt, challenge, and transform exegetical traditions. Table of contentsPart One: Why the Son? The foundations and development of literal Christological theophany exegesisChapter 1: The polemical-doctrinal strand: Identity and mediationChapter 2: The spiritual strand: Vision and transformationChapter 3: Theophany interpretation and pro-Nicene theologyPart Two: From Christ to triune God: Augustine's critique of patristic theophany narrative exegesisChapter 4: Vision, signs, and Christ in Augustine's early theophany narrative interpretationChapter 5: Augustine's exegetical shift in De TrinitateChapter 6: The implications of Augustine's theophany narrative exegesisConclusion
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