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Bibil Identifier bibil:217133
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Paul’s Intentional 'Thankless Thanks' in Philippians 4.10-20
Author Briones, David
Journal Journal for the Study of the New Testament (Volume: 34, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 47-69 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The majority of scholarship on Philippians has subscribed to G.W. Peterman’s theory that 4.10-20 lacks an explicit word of thanks because gratitude was an unnecessary act among intimate friends, as demonstrated by friendship letters in antiquity. In this study, however, I intend to challenge this prevalent view by uncovering a theological rationale behind Paul’s supposed ‘Thankless Thanks’. To do so, I will employ the cultural model of brokerage, a financial relationship involving three participants (i.e., a patron, a broker and a client) in reciprocal exchange. Through this heuristic lens, the three-way, gift-giving relationship between God, Paul and the Philippians will come into sharper focus. Ultimately, it will be argued that Paul’s seemingly ungrateful silence intentionally discloses a theological conviction which envisages God as the supreme giver of all gifts and the Philippians as mediators of divine resources. After this relational pattern has been established, an alternative reason for the ‘Thankless Thanks’ will be propounded.
DOI 10.1177/0142064X11415319
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Gratefulness
Pericopes Philippians 4,10-4,20
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