The birth of the Trinity :
Jesus, God, and Spirit in New Testament and early Christian interpretations of the Old Testament /
Matthew W. Bates.
|Main Author:||Bates, Matthew W.,|
> History of doctrines
> Early church, ca. 30-600.
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Bates explores how early Christians read the Old Testament in order to differentiate the one God as multiple persons. The earliest Christians felt they could metaphorically 'overhear' divine conversations between the Father, Son, and Spirit when reading the Old Testament. The connection of these snatches of dialogue forms a narrative about the unfolding interior divine life as understood by the nascent church. What emerges is not a static portrait of the triune God, but a developing story of divine persons enacting mutual esteem, voiced praise, collaborative strategy, and self-sacrificial love.
xii, 234 pages ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-217) and indexes.