Biblical sources, patristic authorities, and the development of Ascension theology
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In the Anglo-Saxon sources, the author argues, the essential duality of Christ is spatially conceived as an effective way of teaching humans about Ascension theology as well as about faith, the imitation of Christ, moral action, and spiritual responsibility. This chapter begins with an identification of the basic Ascension motifs that are introduced, if only incipiently, in scriptural sources. It examines the contributions of patristic authors to the development of the theological and thematic content of the Ascension. The chapter presents the themes and doctrines that especially prepare the materialist and spatially conceived treatment of the Ascension that Anglo-Saxons preferred in their preaching and teaching. The initial theological development of these Old and New Testament themes occurs in early patristic literature, moving from the simple introduction of basic motifs to their exegesis.

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