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Theopaschitism (from θεός [“God”] and πάσχειν ["suffer”]) is a Christological term denoting the view that God the Logos incarnate has suffered on the cross. Early theopaschite expressions like, for example, “they crucified the Lord of Glory” (1 Cor 2:8), “God’s blood” (Ign. Eph. 1.1), and the “crucified God” (Greg. Naz. Or. 45:29) served to express that in Jesus (Christ, Jesus, 01: Survey) it was really God who suffered on the cross. In the West, which tended to distinguish more strictly between the human …

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Sarot, Marcel, “Theopaschites”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 07 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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