The Divine Name(s) and the Holy Trinity Paperback
Distinguishing the Voices
by R. Kendall Soulen;
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The Divine Name(s) and the Holy Trinity
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The Divine Name(s) and the Holy Trinity by R. Kendall Soulen was published by Westminster John Knox in September 2011. The ISBN for The Divine Name(s) and the Holy Trinity is 9780664234140.
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The Divine Name(s) and the Holy Trinity: Volume 1Barry Vendy, via The Good Book Stall
Kendall Soulen’s particular concern in this book is the name of the Trinity. He identifies three ‘patterns of Trinitarian naming’, which are distinct, of equal value and interrelated. The three are: theological (the three Persons of the Trinity viewed in terms of the giving, receiving and glorification of the divine Name, the unspoken Tetragrammaton – a central, recurring notion in the book. This pattern does occupy a special place, as a kind of ‘fountain of divinity’, because the Tetragrammaton does ‘orbit the personal proper name of God’); Christological (the three Persons identified as Father, Son and Holy Spirit); and pneumatological (an open-ended variety of ‘ternaries’ is in mind here, such as ‘Love, Lover, Beloved’. There’s a gorgeous long list, on pages 249-250, of ternaries that faith has ‘coined’. And that’s only ‘a few’, according to the author!). Each of these ways of naming ‘illuminates the mystery of the Holy Trinity’, but it is the three together, ‘in their reciprocal supplementation, overlaps and differences that most fully illuminate the mystery of the Trinity revealed in the man named ‘Jesus’, who is the Lord, the Son of God, the Bright and Morning Star.’ I was interested to read about the special orthography by which early Christian scribes would highlight the so-called ‘nomina sacra’, Lord, God, Jesus and Christ, described here as a kind of ‘embryonic creed’.
I was glad to have persevered with this well-written, though demanding book. You, too, may find it leads you into unfamiliar yet rewarding territory. Roll on, Volume 2!
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Details for The Divine Name(s) and the Holy Trinity
|Author / Artist||R. Kendall Soulen|
|Book Format||Paperback / softback|
|Publisher||Westminster John Knox (September 2011)|
|Number of Pages||314|
|Page last updated||8th February 2018|