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Trinity/Doctrine of the Trinity
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I. Terminology

To an unusual degree, the theology of the Trinity is characterized by a strained combination of narrative biblical language and speculative philosophical language. The word trinitas was first used by Tertullian (Prax. 2.1–4), as a translation of Greek τριάς/triás (orig. “threeness”). To denote the divine unity (God: V, 1), the 4th-century debates showed that the term οὐσία/ousí (“Essence”; see also Divine essence) borrowed from …

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Oberdorfer, Bernd, Theobald, Michael, Müller, Gerhard Ludwig, Plank, Peter, Küster, Volker, Imorde, Joseph and Felmy, Karl Christian, “Trinity/Doctrine of the Trinity”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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