Scholarly Frameworks for Reading Irenaeus: The Question of Theophanies

Bogdan G. Bucur
  • Vigiliae Christianae, May 2018, Brill
  • DOI: 10.1163/15700720-12341357

Reading Irenaeus: The Question of Theophanies

What is it about?

Scholars disagree quite sharply when it comes to Irenaeus' interpretation of Old Testament theophanies. After a detailed survey of the various scholarly positions, I argue that Irenaeus' treatment of theophanies (1) did not present a theological corrective to Justin of Neapolis' Logos-theology, and (2) is in fact consistent with that of Tertullian, Clement of Alexandria, and Origen.

Why is it important?

If Irenaeus participated fully in the tradition of interpreting Old Testament theophanies as " Christophanies, " it follows that some strands of scholarship are severe misreadings of Irenaeus.

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