Angelomorphic Christology: Antecedents and Early Evidence by Charles A. Gieschen

By Charles A. Gieschen

This learn seeks to illustrate that angel and angel-related traditions, specially these growing to be from the so-called "Angel of the Lord" within the Hebrew Bible, had an important influence 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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155. 45 Word and Wisdom: Studies in the Hypostatization of Divine Qualities and Functions in the Ancient Near East (Lund: Hakan Ohlssons, 1947). ; 1928), cols. 2066-2067]. But the personal character should not be stressed too much. In fact there are cases when a divine quality is spoken of as an independent entity without it being personified, and I should like to use the term 'hypostasis' in these cases as well. 46 In a separate analysis of Israelite beliefs, Ringgren submits this explanation: In many, perhaps most, cases, what we are dealing with here is merely a stylistic device, a substitute for the divine name and God's activity.

These texts testify to a variety of imagery and language used to describe the relationship between God and these angelomorphic mediators. Rather than limiting the ascription of divinity to mediators who are cultically venerated, we must allow the texts themselves to define what ideas are significant indicators of divinity. As will be demonstrated through the analysis of texts in the chapters below, there are five CRITERIA OF and The Shi 'ur Qomah: Texts and Recensions (Tubingen: Mohr /Siebeck, 12 See esp.

1 is a key text in the Shi'ur Qomah. NOMENCLATURE AND METHODOLOGY 33 Fourthly, the Divine Name criterion: Does the mediator possess the Name of God or is he seen as an hypostasis of the Divine Name? The Divine Name YHWH is of the essence of Israel's God. 20-21). As will be shown, this is a very prominent idea in the portrayal of Jewish and Christian angelo­ morphic mediators. , Yahoel in Apocalypse of Abraham). Fifthly, the Divine Veneration criterion: Is the angelomorphic fig­ ure the object of some form of veneration?

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