Philippians 2: 5-11

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Paul’s early Christian beliefs about Jesus’ nature has sparked the curiosity of many scholars and analysts. Specifically, the highly discussed passage that appears in Philippians 2:5-11, in which Paul seems to recite an early Christian hymn, is one of the most over-interpreted texts of the New Testament. Interestingly, the assumptions about the passage include the question of authorship, religious setting, and the proposed cultural backgrounds for the Christological ideas in this passage. As a result, scholars have the freedom to have independent theories and analyses as to the likely context of the hymn, whether Jewish and Old Testament views of the Suffering Righteous or of Adam; whether Hellenistic Jewish Wisdom speculation, pre-Christian Hellenistic, or several other possibilities (Bockmuehl,1997). The first analysis represents the theory that Philippians 2:5-11, was written to exemplify to others Jesus’ unique behavior as the superior illustration of a humble and exalted Christ that gives his service to others, and the purpose of the passage is to give encouragement to others to follow the same unselfishness (Harris, 2014, p.377). In Philippians 2:9-11, the passage explains how God honors Jesus’ self-sacrificing…show more content…
Also, it has been presumed that the hymn relates to the doctrine of the Trinity and refers to Jesus’ pre-human being and declares to the Son’s equal existence and equal equality (Harris, 2014, p.377). Interestingly, scholars have analyzed verses Philippians 2:6-8 as a contrast between the works of Christ and Adam. The dispute reflects the theory that Adam was in the image of God, (Genesis 1:26) and the equality of God was conveyed in (Genesis 3:5), (Bockmuehl, 1997). In addition, Adam was unruly and selfish, while Christ, in the image of God, was obedient and willing to give freely of
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