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adoptionism

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A Dictionary of the Bible What is This? Contains accessibly written entries for topics covering the religious, historical, and social aspects of the Bible.

    adoptionism

    A theory about the Person of Christ associated with the heretic Nestorius (d. 451 CE) that Jesus was a man gifted with divine powers. It was a view held by the Ebionites and it has sometimes been suggested that the quotation of Ps. 2: 7 and Isa. 42: 1 (‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased’) in Mark 1: 11 is a coronation or adoption formula: Jesus is at that moment being ‘adopted’ as the divine Son. However, there seems to be no implication here at all about Jesus' status before his baptism; the words simply affirm God's act in Jesus; the beginning of the gospel is now and not at the end (the Resurrection).

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