Biblical Bases of Christological Orthodoxy

[To be expanded later, as time allows]

The Gospel of John’s prologue seems easily to cohere with Christological concepts hammered out much later in the Ecumenical Councils. Consider that in the prologue the Word both is God and is with God. Here is an implicit distinction between nature and person. Fascinating!

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2 Responses to Biblical Bases of Christological Orthodoxy

  1. Tim,

    The link between the prologue and the nature/person distinction is pretty intriguing.

    Something interesting to me in assessing the divergent patristic Christological traditions of Antioch and Alexandria (which were the two thought-forms eventually synthesized in what we know as the Definition of Chalcedon) is what set of texts figured more prominently in the manner in which these two schools treated the union of Christ’s natures. The historical trajectory of the Antiochene school led to its “Word-Man” Christology that was more conditioned by the more historically oriented synoptics, whereas the speculative trajectory of the Alexandrian school led to its “Word-Flesh” Christology which was more conditioned by the more speculative data of the Johanine literature.

    Just some food for thought. :-)

  2. Tim,

    I agree that that anticipates later Trinitarian thinking, but I don’t hink it distinguishes between nature and person, but asserts that there are (at least) two persons who are indeed God. Thus perhaps it anticipates St. Basil’s statement that “Person is prior to nature.”

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