A theory about the Person of Christ associated with the heretic Nestorius (d. 451 CE) that Jesus was a man gifted with divine powers. It was a view held by the Ebionites and it has sometimes been suggested that the quotation of Ps. 2:7 and Isa. 42:1 (‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased’) in Mark 1:11 is a coronation or adoption formula: Jesus is at that moment being ‘adopted’ as the divine Son. However, there seems to be no implication here at all about Jesus' status before his baptism; the words simply affirm God's act in Jesus; the beginning of the gospel is now and not at the end (the Resurrection [[➝ resurrection]]).

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  • Adoptionism — • The theory that the man Jesus at some point in time became the Son of God only by adoption. Strictly speaking, refers to an eighth century Spanish heresy, but the term is also used to cover similar beliefs Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight.… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Adoptionism — Francesco Albani s The Baptism of Christ, when Jesus became one with God according to Adoptionism Adoptionism, sometimes called dynamic monarchianism, is a minority Christian belief that Jesus was adopted as God s son (Son of God) at his baptism …   Wikipedia

  • Adoptionism — ▪ Christian heresy       either of two Christian heresies: one developed in the 2nd and 3rd centuries and is also known as Dynamic Monarchianism (see Monarchianism); the other began in the 8th century in Spain and was concerned with the teaching… …   Universalium

  • adoptionism/adoptianism —  ♦ (ENG adoptionism/adoptianism)  (от лат. adoptare принимать)    взгляд на Иисуса Христа как на человека, к рый был принят или избран Богом, возвысившим его до уровня Сына Божьего или одной из ипостасей Божественной Троицы …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов

  • adoptionism — or adoptianism noun Usage: often capitalized Date: 1874 the doctrine that Jesus of Nazareth became the Son of God by adoption • adoptionist noun, often capitalized …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • adoptionism — noun A form of Christian essentially maintaining that Jesus is divine only in the sense that God the Father adopted him, either at Jesus birth, or at his death, as opposed to the orthodox understanding of the nature of the Trinity …   Wiktionary

  • ADOPTIONISM —    a CHRISTIAN HERESY which argued that the man JESUS became God by divine adoption when at the BAPTISM of JESUS, GOD declared Thou art my beloved Son, Mark 1:11. Although the view originated in the EARLY CHURCH, it took on particular importance… …   Concise dictionary of Religion

  • adoptionism — belief that Christ was the adopted and not natural son of God Ecclesiastical Terms Philosophical Isms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • Adoptionism —    The heretical belief that Jesus Christ is the adopted rather than the begotten Son of God …   Who’s Who in Christianity

  • Adoptionism —    See Alcuin of York of York …   Encyclopedia of Barbarian Europe

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