Visions of Christ: The Anthropomorphite Controversy of 399 CE
Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum No. 68

By Paul A. Patterson
September 2012
Mohr Siebeck
Distributed By Coronet Books Inc.
ISBN: 9783161520402                             
179 pages
$97.50 Paper Original


In the late 4th Century AD stories circulated by, Anthropomorphiten 'who lived in the Egyptian desert - uneducated monks who believed that God had a body. This presentation has been allowed to remain till the 19th Century, "The Life of Blessed Apa aphu Anchorite and the Bishop of Pemdje" was found. Although the text of the obvious, Anthropomorphiten 'defense, he called anthropomorphism generally not good. The deeper analysis led many scientists to believe that the only Anthropomorphiten actually defended the right to form images of the incarnate Christ in prayer. However, this assessment the numerous anti-anthropomorphic writings not explain (for example, by Theophilus, Jerome, Cassian and Augustine) completely. Paul A. Patterson applies both these writings, as well as Nag Hammadi texts and works of Philo of Alexandria, in his study one and shows that the Anthropomorphiten guardians were an ancient traditions and prayers studied the vision of the eternal, divine body of Christ.

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