Sunday, August 28, 2011

CHRIST AS AN ANGEL BEFORE NICEA

MARTIN WERNER: “...The belief that Michael the Archangel was the same as the Word, or the celestial Son of God is not a modern notion. It dates from earliest times in the universal church. The contemporary of Paul, rabbi Philo of Judea, ‘identified the Logos with the archangel Michael...” - (Formation of Christian Dogma, Professor Martin Werner, page 133)

MARTIN WERNER: “...The counterpart o this is afforded by an identification of Christ with the archangel Michael, an identification which is made in the Shepherd of Hermas. ... According to the early Christian writing Of The Threefold Fruits, Christ, as one of the seven archangels of God, was created ‘from fire’ and exalted to the status of ‘Son..." - (Formation of Christian Dogma, Professor Martin Werner, page 135)

MARTIN WERNER: “...In the 19th century the Berlin Old Testament student, who was also editor of a church newspaper and an ecclesiastical politician, Ernest Wilhelm Hengstenberg, in his many-volumed work on the Christology of the Old Testament, concentrated upon the Early Christian identification of Christ with the angelic figures of the Old Testament, particularly the archangel Michael..." - (Formation of Christian Dogma, Professor Martin Werner, page 137)