Paul on Humility 978-3-16-159650-6 - Mohr Siebeck

Eve-Marie Becker

Paul on Humility

Transl. by Wayne Coppins

[Der Begriff der Demut bei Paulus.]

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Published in English.
In what was probably his last letter to the Philippians, Paul urges his readers to practice humility (Phil 2:3). Eve-Marie Becker's interpretation pays equal attention to the linguistic and historical background, ethical and ecclesial functions of Paul's admonition.
Translated from German into English for the first time, this monograph seeks to reclaim the original sense of humility as an ethical mindset that is of community-building value. This exploration of humility begins with a consideration of how the concept plays into current cultural crises before considering its linguistic and philosophical history in Western culture. In turning to the roots of Christian humility, Eve-Marie Becker focuses on Philippians 2, a passage in which Paul appeals to the lowliness of Christ to encourage his fellow Christians to persevere. She shows that humility both formed the basis of the ethic Paul instilled in Christ-believing communities and acted as a mimetic device centered on Jesus' example that was molded into the earliest Christian identity and community.

Eve-Marie Becker Born 1972; studies of theology in Marburg and Erlangen; 2001 Dr. theol.; 2004 Habilitation; currently Professor of New Testament at the University of Muenster.

Wayne Coppins is Professor of Religion at the University of Georgia.


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