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“Irenaeus and the Glory of God in humanity - Latin and Greek Text with English translation”

The glory of God is humanity "alive". From Adversus Haereses (Against Heresies), 4. 34. 5-7.

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Many Irenaeus studies
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A selection below

STUDIES

 

 Irenaeus: Life, Scripture, Legacy
(Parvis and Foster)

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 Irenaeus of Lyons
(Eric Osborn)

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 Irenaeus: An Introduction
(Dennis Minns)

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 Asceticism and Anthropology in Irenaeus and Clement (Oxford Early Christian Studies)
(John Behr)

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 Irenaeus of Lyons and the Theology of the Holy Spirit (Oxford Early Christian Studies)
(Anthony Briggman)

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 One Right Reading?: A Guide to Irenaeus (Theology)
(Mary Ann Donovan)

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 Irenaeus's Demonstration of the Apostolic Preaching: A Theological Commentary and Translation
(Iain M. MacKenzie)

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 Of God and Man: Theology as Anthropology from Irenaeus to Athanasius
(M. C. Steenberg)
 

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Irenaeus on Creation: The Cosmic Christ and the Saga of Redemption (Vigiliae Christianae, Supplements)
(M. C. Steenberg)

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TRANSLATIONS

 

 Irenaeus of Lyons (The Early Church Fathers)
(Robert M. Grant)

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 St. Irenaeus of Lyons: Against the Heresies Book 1(Ancient Christian Writers) (v. 1)
(Dominic J. Unger)

 St. Irenaeus of Lyons: Against the Heresies (Book 2) (Ancient Christian Writers)
(Dominic J. Unger)

 St. Irenaeus of Lyons: Against the Heresies (Book 3) (Ancient Christian Writers)
Matthew C. Steenberg

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 On the Apostolic Preaching
(John Behr)

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 16. St. Irenaeus: Proof of the Apostolic Preaching (Ancient Christian Writers)
Joseph P. Smith

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 Irenaeus of Lyons on Baptism and Eucharist: Selected Texts with Introduction, Translation and Annotation (Joint Liturgical Studies)
(David N. Power)

 

These things did the prophets set forth in a prophetical manner; but they did not, as some allege, [proclaim] that He who was seen by the prophets was a different [God], the Father of all being invisible. Yet this is what those [heretics] declare, who are altogether ignorant of the nature of prophecy. For prophecy is a prediction of things future, that is, a setting forth beforehand of those things which shall be afterwards. The prophets, then, indicated beforehand that God should be seen by men; as the Lord also says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” But in respect to His greatness, and His wonderful glory, “no man shall see God and live,” for the Father is incomprehensible; but in regard to His love, and kindness, and as to His infinite power, even this He grants to those who love Him, that is, to see God, which thing the prophets did also predict. “For those things that are impossible with men, are possible with God.” For man does not see God by his own powers; but when He pleases He is seen by men, by whom He wills, and when He wills, and as He wills. For God is powerful in all things, having been seen at that time indeed, prophetically through the Spirit, and seen, too, adoptively through the Son; and He shall also be seen paternally in the kingdom of heaven, the Spirit truly preparing man in the Son of God, and the Son leading him to the Father, while the Father, too, confers [upon him] incorruption for eternal life, which comes to every one from the fact of his seeing God.

For as those who see the light are within the light, and partake of its brilliancy; even so, those who see God are in God, and receive of His splendour. But [His] splendour vivifies them; those, therefore, who see God, do receive life. And for this reason, He, [although] beyond comprehension, and boundless and invisible, rendered Himself visible, and comprehensible, and within the capacity of those who believe, that He might vivify those who receive and behold Him through faith. For as His greatness is past finding out, so also His goodness is beyond expression; by which having been seen, He bestows life upon those who see Him. It is not possible to live apart from life, and the means of life is found in fellowship with God; but fellowship with God is to know God, and to enjoy His goodness.

Men therefore shall see God, that they may live, being made immortal by that sight, and attaining even unto God; which, as I have already said, was declared figuratively by the prophets, that God should be seen by men who bear His Spirit [in them], and do always wait patiently for His coming. As also Moses says in Deuteronomy, “We shall see in that day that God will talk to man, and he shall live.” For certain of these men used to see the prophetic Spirit and His active influences poured forth for all kinds of gifts; others, again, [beheld] the advent of the Lord, and that dispensation which obtained from the beginning, by which He accomplished the will of the Father with regard to things both celestial and terrestrial; and others [beheld] paternal glories adapted to the times, and to those who saw and who heard them then, and to all who were subsequently to hear them. Thus, therefore, was God revealed; for God the Father is shown forth through all these [operations], the Spirit indeed working, and the Son ministering, while the Father was approving, and man’s salvation being accomplished. As He also declares through Hosea the prophet: “I,” He says, “have multiplied visions, and have used similitudes by the ministry (in manibus) of the prophets.” But the apostle expounded this very passage, when he said, “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are differences of ministrations, but the same Lord; and there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.” But as He who worketh all things in all is God, [as to the points] of what nature and how great He is, [God] is invisible and indescribable to all things which have been made by Him, but He is by no means unknown: for all things learn through His Word that there is one God the Father, who contains all things, and who grants existence to all, as is written in the Gospel: “No man hath seen God at any time, except the only-begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father; He has declared [Him].”

Therefore the Son of the Father declares [Him] from the beginning, inasmuch as He was with the Father from the beginning, who did also show to the human race prophetic visions, and diversities of gifts, and His own ministrations, and the glory of the Father, in regular order and connection, at the fitting time for the benefit [of mankind]. For where there is a regular succession, there is also fixedness; and where fixedness, there suitability to the period; and where suitability, there also utility. And for this reason did the Word become the dispenser of the paternal grace for the benefit of men, for whom He made such great dispensations, revealing God indeed to men, but presenting man to God, and preserving at the same time the invisibility of the Father, lest man should at any time become a despiser of God, and that he should always possess something towards which he might advance; but, on the other hand, revealing God to men through many dispensations, lest man, falling away from God altogether, should cease to exist. For the glory of God is a living man; and the life of man consists in beholding God. For if the manifestation of God which is made by means of the creation, affords life to all living in the earth, much more does that revelation of the Father which comes through the Word, give life to those who see God.

 



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Irenaeus - Against Heretics - book 4, chapter 34, 5-7
Irenaeus Adversus Haereses - book 4, chapter 20
The glory of God is man fully alive
Harvey Latin Text
Sancti Irenaei, Libros Quinque Adversus Haereses
Migne Greek Text
Patrologiae Graecae Cursus Completus
Patrologia Graeca

 

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