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Sunday, July 13, 2008

The Incarnation & Salvation

Over at Orrologion 's blog he posted something about Salvation, in regards to the translation of two syriac words.

Perhaps one of the most succinct of all ways of describing
how salvation comes about is to be found encapsulated in just two words in
Syriac (rather more in translation!): "He put us on, and we put Him on (labshan
wa-lbeshnayhy)," where the first element refers to the Incarnation and the
second to baptism.

The use of the first plural suffix us, our, occurs in
a number of other phrases, too, and serves to emphasize that the Incarnation is
not just an event of the past but that it involves us in the present. Thus, the
Divine Word puts on, not just the body, but also our body, our humanity, the
body of our humanity, our likeness, our nature, our image, our form, our
race.




To see the whole post, go to Orrologion's blog:
http://orrologion.blogspot.com/2008/07/how-salvation-happened-he-put-us-on-and.html




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