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Title: Πίστις Χριστοῦ
Subtitle: Fede in Cristo o affidabilità di Cristo?
Author(s): VANHOYE, Albert
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 80    Issue: 1   Date: 1999   
Pages: 1-21
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.80.1.3200546

Abstract :
The meaning of the Pauline πίστις Χριστοῦ is the subject of much discussion. Is the genitive here objective: 'faith in Christ' or subjective: 'the πίστις of Christ'? In the latter interpretation the problem is the meaning of πίστις. 'The faith of Christ' comes up against the fact that the act of believing is never ascribed by Paul to Christ, nor is it ascribed to him elsewhere in the New Testament. The 'faithfulness of Christ' avoids this objection but is a weak alternative. The fact that πίστις also has the meaning of 'credibility' or 'trustworthiness', is sometimes overlooked. This is the meaning which suits some texts because the 'trustworthiness' of Christ is what makes the Christian’s 'faith' possible.

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