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The Tripersonal God [Paperback]

Gerald O'Collins
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16 Dec 1999
In The Tripersonal God, Gerald O'Collins examines the roots and development of Trinitarian belief, drawing on three areas for reflection: Testimony to the tripersonal God in the scriptures - both the Old Testament background and the teachings of Paul and the gospel writers The development of Trinitarian doctrine from the second-century writers and the early councils of the Church through medieval theology and modern challenges Major Trinitarian issues of today, such as naming the Trinity, the distinct personal existence of the Holy Spirit and Trinitarian imagery A comprehensive, contemporary inquiry, The Tripersonal God illuminates the historical and scriptural roots of belief in the Trinity and clarifies contemporary trends in Trinitarian thought.


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Geoffrey Chapman (16 Dec 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0225668793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0225668797
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 855,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gerald O'Collins SJ is Professor of Theology, Gregorian University, Rome.

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A famous and widely reproduced image of the Trinity by St. Andrew Roublev (ca. 1360-1430) represents the scene of the hospitality offered by Abraham and Sarah to three angels seated around their table (Gn 18:1-15), a scene that has encouraged many Christians to think of the Blessed Trinity. Read the first page
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent grasp of this theological concept 20 Mar 2001
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AS a theology student, and as a catholic, I found this an excellent tool to further aid my understanding of this impossiblly difficult subject. THe author takes a side step throguh both history and doctrines to aid the readers understanding of this topic. It is well written - and not too heavy - given the subject matter - I would recommend this book highly to anyone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding the Trinity 11 July 2000
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Gerald O'Collins, S.J., is a professor at the Gregorian University in Rome and a prolific writer. He has over 30 books to his credit. Although it's a scholarly book and written for the serious student, this book has much good interesting material. In the first section he discusses the Scriptural Roots including the Old Testament background, history of Jesus , the Trinity according to Paul, and the Trinity in the witness of Luke, Matthew, Hebrews and John. The second section concerns historical developments.The Trinity before Nicaea, then until Constantinople I, on to Aquinas and finally our modern setting. In the third and final section O'Collins discusses the personal existence of the Holy Spirit in contemporary circles, Trinitarian persons and actions and concludes with naming the Trinity and images of the Trinity. He concludes with a hymn about the Trinity. An excellent glossary is available to assist us with terms we don't understand. Detailed numbered notes provides places we may go for more information. I would imagine this book has been used or is being used in classrooms somewhere. It contains so much valuable information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Introductory Text for Trinitarian Theology 15 April 2007
By Matthew K. Minerd - Published on Amazon.com
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An eminently accessible text, "The Tripersonal God" is a most excellent introductory exposition on Trinitarian theology which is a dialogue with the history of Trinitarian theology, from precursors in the Old Testament to contemporary questions. Much of the scriptural exegesis and systematizing is done in a very positivistic sense, taking details from what is directly said in scripture to build partial roots for Trinitarian Theology. As the text progresses through the conciliar period of the Church, much of the theology is presented in reaction to heretical definitions of the nature of God and His personhood. Perhaps the heart of the text is that section which discusses the fully-developed Trinitarian theology from St. Athanasias to St. Thomas Aquinas. In this section (as well as his closing chapters), O'Collins very directly discusses the central understanding of the Trinity ad extras well as ad intra.

If I could say that there is anything lacking in the text, I would say it is a conspicuous lack of material on post-Rennaisance Trinitarian theology and its strengths/weaknesses. However, this barely mars the text, for it is not meant to be a comprehensive reader but an introduction to the reality which lies at the heart of Christianity: "God is Love," a reality which is inseparable from the Trinity, a fact which O'Collins' text most definitely proclaims throughout. His astute analysis of the ad intra and ad extra realities of the Trinity make this text both enlightening and practical, for the union of praxis with the interpersonal love of the Trinity is most definitely proclaimed with force and ample reflection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Tripersonal God: Understanding and Interpreting the Trinity 29 Jun 2010
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Excellent and easily readable source for a clear explanation of Trinitarian Theology! Very clear and enjoyable at the same time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trinitarian Theology Simplified 16 April 2012
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I'm often asked to recommend books on the doctrine of the Trinity. For those who have some familiarity with the doctrine I almost always recommend Letham's The Holy Trinity; for those with no familiarity I almost always recommend Gerald O'Collins' The Tripersonal God: Understanding and Interpreting the Trinity. O'Collins covers all of the ground necessary to acquaint the reader with the doctrine and move them into further study. He moves from Scripture to history to modern theological thinking and he does so effortlessly. O'Collins has two things going for him: (1) an ability to simplify complex subjects without losing their force or importance; (2) he writes well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comments on The TriPersonal God 8 Jun 2010
By John Love - Published on Amazon.com
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I highly recommend the book. O'Collins presents a thoughtful account on the theology of the Trinity. He provides a thorough examination on the historical development of Trinitarian thought by the church fathers. I especially enjoyed his last chapter entitled, "Images of the Trinity" as well as his epilogue. Moreover, he provides a handy glossary starting on page 204 for a quick reference for any unfamiliar terms. A must have for anyone interested in building their theological library. I found that Amazon.com offered the best price.
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