Irenaeus of Lyons and the Mosaic of Christ : preaching scripture in the era of martyrdom / James G. Bushur
- Bushur, James G.
- London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017.
- Physical Description:
- xiii, 206 pages ; 25 cm
- Machine generated contents note: 1.Reading scripture in an age of martyrdom -- Why Irenaeus and the second century? -- Martyrdom: the context for Irenaeus' work -- Martyrdom and the disharmony of the world -- Martyrdom and the early Christian catechumenate -- 2.Creatio ex nihilo and the freedom of humanity -- Creating all things ex nihilo -- Creation and freedom in ancient philosophy -- Apologists and the two-step theory of creation -- Valentinian cosmology: exploiting the two-step theory -- Irenaeus: renovating the creatio ex nihilo doctrine -- God contains all things -- God needs no instruments -- God's will as the substance of all things -- Creatio ex nihilo as the foundation for freedom -- The freedom of God -- The freedom of humanity -- Human freedom in AH iv, 37-38 -- Conclusion -- 3.The recapitulation of all things in Christ -- Martyrdom and the question of Christian identity -- Recapitulation all things in Christ -- The origins of recapitulation: Logos-Christology -- Recapitulation as the fulfillment of creation -- Christ's recapitulation of humanity -- Recapitulation and the ontological freedom of humanity -- Conclusion: recapitulation as a way of reading scripture -- 4.The mosaic of Christ (AH i, 8-9, iv, 33-34): reading scripture within the Eucharistic gathering -- Human flesh as the sacred text of divine revelation -- The aesthetic character of the divine image -- The Valentinian reading of scripture: images without an archetype -- The formation of the flesh as the hypothesis of scripture -- Finding stability: The archetype becomes visible -- The Eucharistic flesh of Christ as the stability of scripture -- Fixing the flesh to the wood: Irenaeus 'reading of Isaiah 2:3--4 -- 5.The virgin birth (AH iii): a new kind of generation -- Second-century readers: relating the new to the old -- Irenaeus 'fourfold gospel -- The virgin birth: confessing Christ (AH iii, 16) -- The virgin birth: a new generation (AH iii, 19) -- The virgin birth: an ancient sign (AH iii, 21--22) -- 6.The new fulfilling the old (AH iv) -- Irenaeus 'reading of the Old Testament: introducing AH iv -- The patriarchs: Abraham's joy (AH iv, 5--7) -- Love's fulfilling of the law (AH iv, 9--13) -- 7.Power made perfect in weakness (AH v) -- The battle for the apostle Paul -- The man born blind: weakness and the formation of humanity (AH v, 15) -- Jesus' temptation: weakness and the economy of the tree (AH v, 16--21) -- 8.Conclusion: "Joining the end to the beginning" -- Irenaeus and his opponents: what have we learned? -- Tradition: the truth that is handed over -- Ontology: a new ground of being -- Irenaeus 'reading of scripture: what have we learned? -- The scriptures and the cosmological narrative -- The scriptures and the preaching of the church -- Characteristics of Irenaeus 'exegesis -- Preaching the text -- Ontological meaning -- Joining the end to the beginning.
- 9780415788465 (hardback : alk. paper)
0415788463 (hardback : alk. paper)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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