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Christos Sp. Voulgaris
The Biblical and Patristic Doctrine of the Trinity
From: The Greek Orthodox Theological Review, vol. 37 (Νov.) 3-4, Holy Cross Orthodox Press, Brookline, Mass., 1992.
In considering the New Testament evidence,
scholars usually confine themselves to the so-called Trinitarian
formulas. This procedure, however, does not give a full account and a
clear picture of the revelation that runs throughout the New Testament, even
when all three Persons of the Holy Trinity are not mentioned. Indeed,
it is the distinctive factual mark of the New Testament revelation that when
one person is mentioned, the other two are implied, since, as previously
noted, each Person’s peculiar quality is understood in the reality of His
relationship with the other two Persons, and so with their existence.
Therefore, the best way to study the New Testament evidence about the
doctrine of the Holy Trinity is to present the peculiar, personal quality of
each person separately.