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20 Paul’s Self-Sufficiency (Philippians 4:11)

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This chapter deals with Philippians 4:11, specifically, with Paul's statement that he was αὐτάρκης in all things. The author argues that the statement should be understood in the context of ancient discussions of friendship and not the technical Stoic idea of αὐτάρκεια. The positive way in which Paul interprets the Philippians' action is further evident in his use of ἀναθάλλειν, translated "revive" in the RSV. Self-sufficiency in its most uncompromising form continued to be the ideal of many Cynics. Self- sufficiency is introduced in a discussion of friendly social relations. Paul is essentially concerned with personal relationships rather than introspection. His purpose is to strengthen the tie of friendship that binds him and his readers by raising the matter of their gift to a higher plane, that of friendship.

Keywords: αὐτάρκεια; Paul; Philippians 4:11; self-sufficiency



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