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Figure of speech by which Zwingli construed all passages of Scripture in which anything is ascribed to the divine nature of Christ or to the entire Christ that properly is property of the human nature. The purpose of the alloeosis, as used by Zwingli, was denial of the communication of attributes. He also used it in the doctrine of absolution. Thus “Christ” in Lk 24:28 is referred only to His human nature, since it is a mere figure of speech if the suffering and death of our Lord is ascribed to His divine nature.

M. Luther, Vom Abendmahl Christi, WA 26, 263–509; FC SD VIII 21, 38–45.

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