“Christ the Power and Wisdom of God”: Biblical Exegesis and Polemical Intertextuality in Athanasius’s Orations against the Arians. Anatolios, K. Journal of Early Christian Studies, 21(4):503--535, 2013.
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Three times in the Orations against the Arians, Athanasius quotes from Asterius’s exegesis of 1 Cor 1.24. In this paper, I show how Athanasius extracts four motifs from this discussion, and uses them to distinguish his own doctrinal position from Asterius, Marcellus, and Eusebius of Caesarea: the eternity of the Son; the Son’s being as “proper to the essence of the Father”; the co-existence of Father and Son; and the generativity of the divine nature. Athanasius hides this complex engagement in order to achieve a polemical simplification of the post-Nicene debates into the binary framework of “orthodoxy” vs. “heresy.”
@article{ anatolios_christ_2013,
  title = {“Christ the Power and Wisdom of God”: Biblical Exegesis and Polemical Intertextuality in Athanasius’s Orations against the Arians},
  volume = {21},
  issn = {1086-3184},
  shorttitle = {“Christ the Power and Wisdom of God”},
  abstract = {Three times in the Orations against the Arians, Athanasius quotes from Asterius’s exegesis of 1 Cor 1.24. In this paper, I show how Athanasius extracts four motifs from this discussion, and uses them to distinguish his own doctrinal position from Asterius, Marcellus, and Eusebius of Caesarea: the eternity of the Son; the Son’s being as “proper to the essence of the Father”; the co-existence of Father and Son; and the generativity of the divine nature. Athanasius hides this complex engagement in order to achieve a polemical simplification of the post-Nicene debates into the binary framework of “orthodoxy” vs. “heresy.”},
  number = {4},
  journal = {Journal of Early Christian Studies},
  author = {Anatolios, Khaled},
  year = {2013},
  keywords = {Asterius, Athanasius, Or.},
  pages = {503--535}
}

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