A Plain and Precious Part Restored: An Essay Based on Matthew W. Bates's The Birth of the Trinity: Jesus, God, and Spirit in New Testament and Early Christian Interpretations of the Old Testament | BYU Studies

A Plain and Precious Part Restored: An Essay Based on Matthew W. Bates's The Birth of the Trinity: Jesus, God, and Spirit in New Testament and Early Christian Interpretations of the Old Testament

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A Plain and Precious Part Restored: An Essay Based on Matthew W. Bates's The Birth of the Trinity: Jesus, God, and Spirit in New Testament and Early Christian Interpretations of the Old Testament

Author Paul Y. Hoskisson,

A "prosopological exegesis," which Matthew Bates uses in his book The Birth of the Trinity, presupposes that ancient texts contain conversations between different persons. When understood in this manner, some Old Testament passages read like lines from a play, with different actors playing various parts. Bates argues that a prosopological reading of the Old Testament led early Christians to find three distinct persons in the Godhead. This essay explains Bates's novel yet ancient exegetical approach and then applies that exegesis to Psalm 110:1–4 to gain insights of particular relevance to Latter-day Saints, particularly regarding the nature of Christ.

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