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date: 05 June 2020

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This chapter examines the Christologies found not only among scholastic theologians but also in hagiography, vision books, didactic letters, poems, and spiritual guidebooks. At the forefront are male and female authors within the Western Christian tradition who claim that human beings might be so fully united with Christ as to be an alter Christus or, alternatively, who are claimed by others to have attained that state. The chapter begins with more recognizable Christological arguments before exploring how certain medieval texts and communities, through their claims about the possibility of being conformed to Christ, make theological arguments about Christ that stand in tension with his purported singularity.

Keywords: Christ, union, imitation, Christology, Bonaventure, Hadewijch, Anselm, singularity, hagiography

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