Andrei Rublev’s Icon of the Trinity


While reading Stephen D. Morrison’s new book, “Jürgen Moltmann in Plain English”, I came across this great quote.

Here too, as in other theological work, there has been a picture in front of me. It is Andrei Rublev’s wonderful fifteenth-century Russian icon of the Holy Trinity. Through their tenderly intimate inclination towards oneanother, the three Persons show the profound unity joining them,, in which they are one.The chalice on the table points to the surrender of the Son on Golgotha. Just as the chalice stands at the center fo the table round which the three Persons are sitting, so the cross of the Son stands from eternity in the center of the Trinity. Anyone who grasps the truth of this picture understands that it is only in the unity with one another which springs from the self-giving of the Son “for many” that men and women are in conformity with the triune God. He understands that people only arrive at their own truth in their free and loving inclination towards one another. It is to this “social” undertanding of the doctrine of the Trinity that this book is an invitation.

Jürgen Moltmann, “The Trinity and the Kingdom” p. xvi



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