* Serafim Seppälä, Professor of Systematic Theology and Patristics (Orthodox studies), Uni-
versity of Eastern Finland. University of Eastern Finland, Philosophical faculty, PL 111,
80101 Joensuu, Finland, email@example.com.
RES 11 (3/2019), p. 439-455 DOI: 10.2478/ress-2019-0031
The Concept of Deification in Greek and Syriac
The early patristic authors dealt with the idea of deification in varying circumstances,
in relation to different questions, and in more than one language. This article
examines Syriac and Greek discourses and
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Amidst the politically-charged climate of seventeenth-century England, a small, but influential makeshift group of Baptist divines developed an eschatological system that both encouraged their congregations to greater holiness and threatened the very existence of the proto-denomination. Even as most of the nascent group of dissenting congregations known as Baptists sought acceptance by the more mainstream dissent, those divines who accepted this particular form of millenarianism garnered unwanted attention from the authorities as they pressed remarkably close to the line of radical dissidence. Three of those Baptist divines—Vavasor Powell, Hanserd Knollys, and Benjamin Keach—provide helpful insights both into the range of millenarianism adopted by this group of Baptists and into the legitimacy of the charges of radicalism. This article examines the published works of these three ministers, comparing their visions for the eschatological future and analyzing the charges of radicalism placed against them by their contemporaries.