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By Aloys Grillmeier

A enormous paintings in scope and content material, Aloys Grillmeier's Chirst within the Christian culture deals scholars and students a complete exposition of Western writing at the heritage of doctrine. quantity One covers the Apostolic Age to Chalcedon (451).

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M. Meinertz. Thcologie des Nellell Teslamellles II, Bonn 1950, 64. 'E rsclll:in\lng~wcisc in gtltrlicbcr Majestat und Herrlichkeit'. J2 J. R. Geiscll11ann, op. , 140. 22 CHRIST IN CHRISTIAN TRADITION fore does not just embrace the plain fact of the incarnation but in v. 7b already points clearly towards the death of the one who assumes human nature. But it would be false to overlook this plain fact of the incarnation. Any docetic llllderstallding of the incarnation is quite excluded by the first two verses of the second strophe (w O},A01W},ACXTI ••• ).

Schnackenburg, LThK v, 935. BIBLICAL STARTING-POINTS 23 which makes any 'anagogic' christology such as the adoptionist spiritchristology impossible. And because everything that happens to the historical Christ has its essential resting-place in pre-existence, a clear place in the framework can be accorded to the 'exaltation'. Colossians (I) (II) 1. 15-20 (with 2 Cor. 4. pT)VO;rOlt1O"CXS OleX TOV cxYIla-rOS TOV O"TCXVpOV MOV, 01' aUTov she TeX E;rl TfjS yfjs eiTe TO EV Tois ovpavoiS. 20 Kal 01' CXVTOV According to E.

I) The s~/bject oj ihe christological expressioHS oj Col. 1. f The q ueSUOll considered is: 'What sort of a Christ is it who has received the kingdom from the Father (v. ' Concern, then, is with the exalted Christ and therefoI"e with the God-man . In addition, the statements about the preexistent Christ are intended to strengthen faith in the exalted Christ among the Colossians. For this faith is in danger of being constrained by their beliefin the spiritual powers. Attention is therefore drawn to the incarnate CHRIST IN CHRISTIAN TRADITION 24 Christ from the ycry beginning, in the glory of his exaltation.

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