Pre-Nicene Christology in Paschal Contexts

The Case of the Divine Noetic Anthropos


In Pre-Nicene Christology in Paschal Contexts Dragoş A. Giulea re-examines the earliest texts related to the festival of Easter in light of Second Temple traditions. Commonly portrayed as sacrificial lamb, the key actor of the paschal narrative is here designated as heavenly Kabod, Divine Image, King of the Powers, celestial Anthropos, Demiurge, Son of Man, each of these divine names implying a corresponding soteriological function.
Dragoş A. Giulea indicates as well that the Greek philosophical vocabulary and certain idioms of the mystery religions inspired new categories which reshaped the traditional way of describing the nature of celestial entities and the epistemological capacities able to access these realities. Thus, the King of the Powers, or the Son of Man, is several times described as a noetic Anthropos, while initiation and noetic perception become the appropriate methods of accessing the divine.
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Biographical Note

Dragoş Andrei Giulea, Ph.D. (2010), Marquette University, USA, is a Research Fellow and Part-Time Faculty at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He has published various articles on early Christianity in major international journals and some edited volumes.

Table of contents

Introduction: Theoretical Aims and Methods

Part 1. The Divine Anthropos of Early Paschal Texts
I. The Divine Anthropos of the Early Paschal Texts
II. The Roots Of The “Divine Anthropos” Tradition

Part 2. Paschal Christologies and Soteriologies
III. Glory/Kabod Christology and Soteriology
IV. Jesus as High Priest and Lord of Hosts (Yahweh Sabaoth): Liturgical Soteriology
V. Eikonic Christology and Soteriology
VI. Divine Warrior Christology and the Soteriology of the Divine Combat

Part 3. Paschal Hermeneutics and Paschal Epistemologies
VII. Unreveling a Theophany—Exodus 12: Paschal Exegesis as Mystery Performance
VIII. Unreveling a Theophanic Text—Exodus 12: Typology as a Method of Decoding Heavenly Mysteries
IX. Perceiving on Earth the Invisible Noetic Anthropos in Pseudo-Hippolytus’ New Type of Apocalypse

Part 4. The Noetic Nature of the Paschal Anthropos Prolegomena: Polemical Attitudes against Anthropomorphic Traditions
X. From Open Heaven to Noetic Perception: New Ontologies of the Divine, New Methods and Epistemologies of Accessing the Glory
XI. The Noetic Anthropos of Early Paschal Texts
XII. The Noetic Anthropos of Early Christian Hellenism


Anyone interested in Christian origins, early Christianity, early mysticism, early patristics, Second Temple traditions in early Christianity, and all concerned with Origen, Melito, and Pseudo-Hippolytus.