Early Christians interpreted the biblical theophany narratives as manifestations of Christ, yet Augustine challenged and reconfigured this view. Developing over centuries into two major exegetical strands, the transformation of theophany interpretation reveals the critical and adaptive capacity of patristic exegesis.
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Kari Kloos, Ph.D. (2004) in Theology, University of Notre Dame, is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Regis University in Denver.
Part One: Why the Son? The foundations and development of literal Christological theophany exegesis Chapter 1: The polemical-doctrinal strand: Identity and mediation Chapter 2: The spiritual strand: Vision and transformation Chapter 3: Theophany interpretation and pro-Nicene theology Part Two: From Christ to triune God: Augustine's critique of patristic theophany narrative exegesis Chapter 4: Vision, signs, and Christ in Augustine's early theophany narrative interpretation Chapter 5: Augustine's exegetical shift in De Trinitate Chapter 6: The implications of Augustine's theophany narrative exegesis Conclusion
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