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Christology, 02: Third Century CE
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Christology is the branch of Christian theology that studies Christ both in his relation to the two other persons of the Trinity and in his composition of humanity and divinity. From the historical viewpoint, the 3rd century CE was crucial to the development of Christology.

In the early 3rd century CE, Bardaisan of Edessa, a Christian philosopher and theologian influenced by Middle Platonism and Stoicism and well versed in Greek and Syriac, developed a remarkable Logos Christology that rev…

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Ramelli, Ilaria L.E., “Christology, 02: Third Century CE”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 20 April 2019 <>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 20180827

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