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Exegetical Paper on Christ Hymn
Religion and Theology
Pages 5 (1255 words)
Exegetical paper on the christ hymn (name) (tutor’s name) (college) (date) Introduction Philippians 2:5-11 has been viewed as being of extreme doctrinal significance for the Philippians and early Christians as well for all Christians today. The Christ Hymn contains within it a clear lyrical message to all Christians which calls us to imitate Christ’s humility in order to live in harmony.
The Christ Hymn and the Early Christian Community In the opinion of Robert J. Karris, there are many possible backgrounds of the hymn as the large number of studies into the New Testament put forth. Some of them are Christ as the Gnostic redeemer, the Suffering Righteous, and finally, the ruler-worship that existed during the Greco-Roman period1. According to Martin and Martin, the early Christian message about Jesus should be considered in the political context of that time. According to the scholars, the teaching had to confront two political ideologies at the same time; the Roman and the Jewish2. An example is the imperial cult of Rome. According to the cult, emperors enjoyed divine sanction of authority. According to Christian apologists and martyrologists, the imperial cult was nothing other than an instrument of pagan impiety. Thus, it is clear that at the time the hymn was composed, Christians were already aware about their association with a godly kingdom when all other groups were in search of a new kingdom that would replace the naked power of Roman kingdom. However, it is rather surprising to note that despite Jesus’ trial, the persecutors are not mentioned in the hymn. ...
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