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The corporeal one

Again from Anderson, a quote from Narsai, a 5th-century Syriac theologian (p. 122). I’ve never read much out of that tradition, but every time I encounter it I’m more convinced that I should—the idiom is just so alien, and so provocative.

The Spiritual One was defeated by the Corporeal One through spiritual power.
The body that trampled down the passions overcome the Prince of the Air.
The body that was contemptible derided and mocked the Strong One,
And removed the weaponry lest he use it to wage war on mortals.

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  1. myles
    March 21, 2010 at 11:29 am

    reminds me of Athanasius, only more emphatic on Jesus-as-bodily.

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