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Reconstructing Honor in Roman Philippi

Joseph Hellerman

Reconstructing Honor in Roman Philippi

Joseph Hellerman

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This book surveys the social values of the Roman world with a special focus on stratification and honor-seeking. The Roman colony at Philippi is used to demonstrate how entrenched those values were in Philippian society. The books of Acts and Philippians are also examined in view of these social values.

- Publisher This book examines Paul's letter to the Philippians against the social background of the colony at Philippi. After an extensive survey of Roman social values, Professor Hellerman argues that the cursus honorum, the formalized sequence of public offices that marked out the prescribed social pilgrimage for aspiring senatorial aristocrats in Rome (and which was replicated in miniature in municipalities and in voluntary associations), forms the background against which Paul has framed his picture of Jesus in the great Christ hymn in Philippians 2. In marked contrast to the values of the dominant culture, Paul portrays Jesus descending what the author describes as a cursus pudorum ('course of ignominies'). The passage has thus been intentionally framed to subvert Roman cursus ideology and, by extension, to redefine the manner in which honour and power were to be utilized among the Christians at Philippi.

- Publisher

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This book surveys the social values of the Roman world with a special focus on stratification and honor-seeking. The Roman colony at Philippi is used to demonstrate how entrenched those values were in Philippian society. The books of Acts and Philippians are also examined in view of these social values.
- Publisher

This book examines Paul's letter to the Philippians against the social background of the colony at Philippi. After an extensive survey of Roman social values, Professor Hellerman argues that the cursus honorum, the formalized sequence of public offices that marked out the prescribed social pilgrimage for aspiring senatorial aristocrats in Rome (and which was replicated in miniature in municipalities and in voluntary associations), forms the background against which Paul has framed his picture of Jesus in the great Christ hymn in Philippians 2. In marked contrast to the values of the dominant culture, Paul portrays Jesus descending what the author describes as a cursus pudorum ('course of ignominies'). The passage has thus been intentionally framed to subvert Roman cursus ideology and, by extension, to redefine the manner in which honour and power were to be utilized among the Christians at Philippi.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Joseph Hellerman

Dr. Joe Hellerman (Ph.D., UCLA) is Professor of New Testament Language and Literature at Talbot School of Theology. He also serves as a team pastor at Oceanside Christian Fellowship, El Segundo, CA, a church that has become a laboratory, of sorts, for Joes vision for the church as a family.

He has authored several academic monographs, including The Ancient Church as Family (Fortress, 2001), Reconstructing Honor in Roman Philippi (Cambridge University Press, 2005), and Jesus and the People of God: Reconfiguring Ethnic Identity (Sheffield Phoenix, 2007) and the more popular level title When the Church Was a Family: Recapturing Jesus' Vision for Authentic Christian Community.
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Table Of Contents

  • Introduction; 1. Roman Social Organization; 2. Preoccupation With Honor And The Cursus Honorum; 3. The Roman Colony At Philippi; 4. Honor And Status In Philippi; 5. Acts And Philippians; 6. Carmen Christi As Cursus Pudorum; 7. Summary And Conclusion.

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  • Catalogue Code 239493
  • Product Code 0521849098
  • EAN 9780521849098
  • Pages 252
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category New Testament
  • Publisher Cambridge University Uk
  • Publication Date Jun 2005
  • Dimensions 216 x 138 x 23 mm
  • Weight 0.470kg

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