Jerusalem: Image of Hilary’s Christocentric Eschatology in the Tractatus super Psalmos
Vigiliae Christianae 66 (2012): 269-282, January 2012
Ellen R. Scully, Ph.D. School of Theology
In his lengthy Tractatus super Psalmos, Hilary of Poitiers states only
twice that humans are to “live the life of the angels.” Nevertheless,
these rare statements seem to undermine both the role of the human body
in eschatological life and the christocentrism of Hilary’s soteriology.
However, this paper will argue that Hilary’s designation of different
eschatological locations for humans and angels—namely in Jerusalem and
Mt. Zion, respectively—in the Tractatus super Psalmos demonstrate that
Hilary, at least in this later work, believes that while humans will
resemble angels in certain aspects, ultimately they will be conformed to
Christ whose body is the holy temple or Church of the heavenly
Jerusalem, Mt. Zion itself.