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The Two Natures in Christ

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This is a translation of Chemnitz’s De Duabus Naturis in Christo, written in 1578. The book concerns the two natures of Christ (divine and human), their hypostatic union and the communication of their attributes and related questions. It shows that the Christology of the Lutheran reformers is that of Scripture, the ancient church fathers, and the creeds.

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  • Preface by the translator
  • Dedicatory epistle
  • Subject and name index

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“For these are characteristic attributes or idiomata, as the Greek fathers called them, that is, characters, signs, or marks by which the persons of the Trinity differ among themselves and are distinguishable, even though they are one in essence and each person is the complete divine essence.” (Page 30)

“On the other hand, they call those terms concrete which indicate or denote the person of Christ, which subsists in or consists of the two natures.” (Page 31)

“For the general rule among the Scholastics is that abstract terms apply to the natures and concrete to the person.” (Page 32)

“Furthermore, attributes are either essential or accidential or personal.” (Page 34)

“imagined that the person of Christ did not exist before Mary” (Page 37)

  • Title: The Two Natures in Christ
  • Author: Martin Chemnitz
  • Translator: J. A. O. Preus
  • Publisher: Concordia
  • Publication Date: 1971
  • Pages: 534

Martin Chemnitz (November 9, 1522–April 8, 1586) was an eminent second-generation Lutheran theologian, reformer, churchman, and confessor. In the Lutheran tradition he is known as Alter Martinus, the “Second Martin”: Si Martinus non fuisset, Martinus vix stetisset (“If Martin had not come along, Martin would hardly have survived”) goes a common saying concerning him.


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