By Charles A. Gieschen
This research seeks to illustrate that angel and angel-related traditions, in particular these growing to be from the so-called "Angel of the Lord" within the Hebrew Bible, had an important effect at the origins and early improvement of Christology to the purpose that an Angelomorphic Christology is discernable in different 1st-century texts. major attempt is dedicated to tracing the antecedents of this Christology within the angels and divine hypostases of the Hebrew Bible and moment Temple Jewish literature. the first content material of this quantity is the presentation of pre-150 CE textual facts of Angelomorphic Christology.
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Extra info for Angelomorphic Christology: Antecedents and Early Evidence (Arbeiten Zur Geschichte Des Antiken Judentums Und Des Urchristentums, Bd. 42.)
Thus, the extended discussion which follows reviews the debate and defines "hypostasis" for this study. , Hurtado, One God, 41-50, 85-90. 34 A Thousand Thousands, 88; see also 89-115. 35 Olyan, A Thousand Thousands, 88. 3R J. N. D. 40 A later compromise at the Council of Alex andria (362 CE ) allowed for talk of three hypostases, provided that there was no emphasis on distinct substances between the three. , the special form in which the divine substance exists). The Greek unocr'l:acru; was later replaced by the Latin persona ("person, indi vidual being").
ANGELOMORPHIC CHRISTOLOGY is the identification of Christ with angelic form and functions, either before or after the incarnation, whether or not he is specifically identified as an angel. Christopher Rowland has asserted the value of such a distinction: It is probably a mistake simply to talk of angel-christology, at least in the primitive period, without further qualification. It is, in my view, more appropriate to speak of angelomorphic christology in the earliest period. This kind of description in no way implies that Christ was identified entirely with the created order.
D. Veneration Nomenclature The general consensus among scholars has been that there is very little significant evidence for veneration of angels within Judaism, early Christianity, and Rabbinism. 25 Neither of these scholars argue that there is evidence in first 25 See C. Arnold, The Colossian Syncretism: The Interface Between Christianity and Folk Belief in Colossae (WUNT 2/77; Tiibingen: Mohr/Siebeck, 1995) 8-102, and Stuckenbruck, Angel Veneration and Christology, 47-204. 34 INTRODUCTION and second century CE Judaism and Christianity for the worship of angels taking the place of the worship of God.