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The Holy Spirit and the Early Church: Doctrine & Confession

Johannes van Oort
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 67, No 3 | a1120 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v67i3.1120 | © 2011 Johannes van Oort | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 June 2011 | Published: 04 November 2011

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Johannes van Oort, University of Utrecht Radboud University University of Pretoria, Netherlands


This article firstly investigates in what way various main theological figures in the first centuries of the Christian era spoke about the Trinity and thus, also, about the Holy Spirit. Secondly, it investigates how the formulas of Early Christian confessions of faith developed into their mature and final forms. Such (baptismal) confessions often reveal trinitarian expressions and explicit wordings about the Holy Spirit.


Holy Spirit; Early Christian confessions; Doctrine and Confession


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