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Wayne A. Meeks, Allen Hilton, and H. Gregory Snyder

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300091427

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300091427.001.0001

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The Man from Heaven in Paul's Letter to the Philippians

The Man from Heaven in Paul's Letter to the Philippians

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(p.106) The Man from Heaven in Paul's Letter to the Philippians
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In Search of the Early Christians
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Wayne A. Meeks

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300091427.003.0004

This chapter takes a look at the supposed meaning of mythic texts. One notable instance is about the Jewish man from Galilee who experienced an early death and in public shame. The debate over the topic of the meaning of these mythic texts has two doubtful assumptions: the meaning of myth is a steady content that is carried on from one context to another, and that antecedents determine the meaning of the mythic texts. It also looks at the portrayal of the Johannine group of Jesus as the Son of Man who came from heaven. This portrayal is seen to include a number of redaction stages and complicated pre-literary traditions. This chapter finally shows that the Christ hymn serves as a master model that establishes the terms of the acting and thinking that are expected of the Philippians when faced with internal conflict and external hostility.

Keywords:   mythic texts, Galilee, Jesus, Johannine, Son of Man, heaven, redaction stages, pre-literary traditions, Christ hymn, Philippians

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