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This response has been extracted from a longer article of mine on the subject (linked at the end) , hence the discontinuous numbering of its sections. 1. Ousía in Greek philosophical discourse Deriving then from the verb "to be", as we can see in [4] ousía enters the Greek philosophical discourse with Plato, who uses it to mean the primary, ...


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According to this site it has to do with the importance of preserving the historicity of the event surrounding the execution of Jesus Christ. It says in part: The inclusion of Pilate’s name in the creed can be traced back to the very beginnings of the Catholic Church. This section of the prayer was already quoted by Tertullian by the early 3rd century. For ...


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There had been a roiling dispute about the nature of Christ for centuries, indeed even today. Was He a good man, a prophet, a lunatic, "nothing" until His baptism (adoptionism), or truly God of God, begotten of God without beginning? The first Nicene Creed began to address the issue, but did not go far enough to clarify the issue. Did a man ...


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The Wikipedia article on Hypostasis makes it clear that there was some confusion in terminology due to language difficulties of Latin, Greek and English. The concepts being referred to are confused by misunderstanding what 'substance' and 'essence' actually mean when applied to Divine Persons. It was mainly under the influence of the Cappadocian Fathers ...


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SLM's answer is bang on. The Bible is one of the few - if not the only religious text that specifies historical people and events, and in part this was because it was important to the culture of the folks putting these events down on paper to firmly tie events in with historically relevant data and events. Pilate was also a well known name - so by promoting ...


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