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Angelomorphic Pneumatology: Clement of Alexandria and Other Early Christian Witnesses
Bucur, Bogdan Gabriel

Leiden: Brill, 2009 pp. xxix + 232. $147.00

Series Information
Supplements to Vigiliae Christianae, 95


Description: This book discusses the occurrence of angelic imagery in early Christian discourse about the Holy Spirit. Taking as its entry-point Clement of Alexandriaís less explored writings, Excerpta ex Theodoto, Eclogae propheticae, and Adumbrationes, it shows that Clementís angelomorphic pneumatology occurs in tandem with spirit christology, within a theological framework still characterized by a binitarian orientation. This complex theological articulation, supported by the exegesis of specific biblical passages (Zech 4:10; Isa 11:2-3; Matt 18:10), reworks Jewish and Christian traditions about the seven first-created angels, and constitutes a relatively widespread phenomenon in early Christianity. Evidence to support this claim is presented in the course of separate studies of Revelation, the Shepherd of Hermas, Justin Martyr, and Aphrahat.

Subjects: Early Christian Literature, Literature

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Review by James F. McGrath
Published 5/3/2010
Citation: James F. McGrath, review of Bogdan Gabriel Bucur, Angelomorphic Pneumatology: Clement of Alexandria and Other Early Christian Witnesses, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2010).


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