This work explores Novatian's historical context, his use of Latin terminology, and his New Testament exegesis, in order to discover and clarify how he solved the Christological problem of how Christ could be fully divine without compromising the oneness of God. The study includes a new translation of his "De Trinitate" and shows that Novatian's christology is not only progressive for his time, but anticipates Nicaean and Chalcedonian christology.
Jim Papandrea has an M.Div. degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in the history and theology of the early Christian church from Northwestern University, with secondary concentrations in New Testament interpretation and the history of the Roman Empire. He will serve as Visiting Assistant Professor of Early Church History at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.
Preface by James E. Bradley; 1. Introduction; 2. Novatian's Historical Context; 3. The History of the Text of the De Trinitate; 4. Novatian's Use of Key Theological Terms; 5. Novatian's New Testament Exegesis; 6. Novatian's Christology; 7. Conclusions; Appendix A. The Rule of Truth: A New Translation of the De Trinitate of Novatian; Appendix B. Translation of Alternate, Reconstructed Ending to the De Trinitate; Bibliography; Index.