Friday, February 19, 2010

Does "Angel" mean "Person"?

Michel Barnes has argued (following Jean Danielou) that the word "Angel" in the OT and Jewish tradition before the Rabbis often carried the "theological freight" that the word "Person/hypostasis" did in post-Nicene Christian discourse. This is a very helpful suggestion, especially for those like myself and Charles Gieschen, who follow the Church Fathers and the Orthodox Lutheran dogmaticians in holding the Angel of YHWH to be the second person of the Trinity.

Read Barnes' two articles on Angelomorphic pneumatology here:

http://www.mu.edu/maqom/spiritus.pdf

http://www.mu.edu/maqom/barnes.pdf

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