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The World Of Thought In The Philippians Hymn (Philippians 2:6–11)

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This chapter explores the world of thought in the Philippians Hymn (Phil 2:6-11). The secondary literature on the hymn and its background is virtually infinite. The author takes it that, Paul did not compose Phil 2:6-11. He probably edited it somewhat, but the hymn itself was something he and the Philippian Christian community already held in common. The author suggests that one needs to turn to the ways that Hellenistic Jewish writers such as Philo of Alexandria dealt with the cosmological figure of the Logos and the anthropological figure of the "heavenly man" created in Gen 1:27. This is done in three steps: (1) the figure of the Logos in Philo; (2) the figure of the "heavenly man" in Philo; and finally (3) the eventual merging or assimilation of the two figures in Philo. Finally, the chapter returns to the Philippians hymn itself.

Keywords: "heavenly man" in Philo; Logos in Philo; Philippians hymn (Philippians 2:6-11)



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