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Bibil Identifier bibil:237946
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Songs we Used to Sing? Hymn 'Traditions' and Reception in Pauline Letters
Author Edsall, Benjamin
Author Strawbridge, Jennifer R.
Journal Journal for the Study of the New Testament (Volume: 37, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2015
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2015
Year (Copyright) 2015
Year (Reference) 2015
Language English
Pages 290-311 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article builds on recent criticism of form-critical approaches to so-called hymnic material in Paul’s letters, in an effort to reset the default interpretive stance with respect to Phil. 2.6-11 and Col. 1.15-20. Beginning with a review and critique of previous form-critical criteria, the authors then survey ancient definitions of ὕμνος to demonstrate that the oft posited ‘Christ-hymns’ do not fulfill these definitions. In an effort to broaden out the discussion, the reception of these passages in early Christian writings is surveyed, showing that it provides no positive support for identifying these passages as ‘hymns’. The authors conclude that, given the lack of constructive evidence, scholars should reconsider the enduring and widespread operative assumption that these passages are hymns.
DOI 10.1177/0142064X14567054
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Letters of Paul
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Genres and Forms : Hymn
Pericopes Philippians 2,6-2,11
Colossians 1,15-1,20
Terms ὕμνος υμνος
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