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Bibil Identifier bibil:218978
Publication Type Journal article
Title (French, Long) De la violence divine à l'obéissance esclave, le Père et le Fils renoncent au pouvoir en Ph 2
Author Hurley, Robert
Journal Laval théologique et philosophique (Volume: 67, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language French
Pages 87-110 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The act of kenosis described in the Carmen Christi (Ph. 2:6-11) has been repeatedly and correctly described as a spiritual attitude or disposition adopted by Jesus Christ who accepted death rather than resort to violence. Of the exegetes who have recently drawn attention to the political nature of the language used in this early Christian hymn, at least two — Heen (2004) and Oakes (2005) — understand the passage to contain an implicit critique of the violent exercise of power which founded and underpinned the Roman Empire. The article in hand supports this reading of the passage, proposing an interpretation of Ph. 2:6-11 as the expression of the (theo)political discourse which shaped the common life of the ekklēsiai which claimed Jesus as Lord. In this passage, the nascent Church projects a fecund utopia which promises a special place for the weak, a world made in the image of their Lord who renounced the divine honours so much sought after by the Roman elite. While recognizing the political implications of the message contained in the second chapter of the Letter to the Philippians, the author nevertheless maintains that the Church who sang this hymn would have understood its destiny to be found not only in a more just (earthly) world but ultimately in a heavenly kingdom in which the Christ would reign as a lord who serves all.
Pericopes Philippians 2,6-2,11
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