Written just before the rise of Arianism in AD 319, On the Incarnation of the Word of God is the best-known work of Athanasius of Alexandria and a pillar of the doctrine of the Incarnation and the divinity of Jesus. Addressed to a recent Christian convert, this text demonstrates Athanasius’ intellectual acumen and biblical wisdom. This edition contains a scholarly introduction with a thorough outline of Athanasius’ arguments and points. Extensive footnotes draw attention to his references to Scripture, the Greek philosophers, and earlier Christian writings.
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“The Incarnation effected two things: The destruction of death; and the re-creation of mankind.” (Page 27)
“It was impossible, therefore, to leave man to be carried off by corruption, because it would be unfitting and unworthy of God’s goodness.” (Page 53)
“but out of nothing and absolute non-existence God brought the universe into being through the Word” (Page 45)
“This body He offered to the Father as a sacrifice on behalf of all, to do away with death; and by this offering He restored to us incorruption, and by His Resurrection He abolished death for ever.” (Page 24)
“For it was His part both to bring again the corruptible to incorruption, and to maintain for the Father His consistency of character with all. For being Word of the Father and above all, He therefore naturally was alone both able to re-create everything, and worthy to suffer on behalf of all, and to be ambassador for all with the Father.” (Page 54)