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Submission within the Godhead and the Church in the Epistle to the Philippians An Exegetical and Theological Examination of the Concept of Submission in Philippians 2 and 3

by M. Sydney Park

Part of the The Library of New Testament Studies Series

Submission within the Godhead and the Church in the Epistle to the Philippians An Exegetical and Theological Examination of the Concept of Submission in Philippians 2 and 3 Synopsis

While the notion of submission (particularly women's submission) has been the focus in not only biblical studies and feminist theology, but also in church structure and in the wider context of modern Christian culture, little attention has been given to the theme academically. Deviating from the general tendency to seek answers to the issue of women's submission from creation accounts, this research focuses on Philippians 2:6-11 as the primary text and reason for embracing submission as the defining characteristic of a Christian community. The argument for submission is thus based on soteriology and ethics of the cross rather than creation. Thus, submission is an integral notion not only for women but all Christians. In this way, the rights language of feminist theology is addressed as well as the claims to male headship which reflect a concern for the right to rule rather than that of Christ's self-sacrifice (submission) in Philippians 2:6-11. Both attempts to attain power and retain power stand in direct opposition to the image of Christ in Philippians 2:6-11. Simultaneously, the notion of submission does not preclude equality or even authority: all three are present in Philippians 2:6-11. Christ voluntarily submits out of his equality with God and later is endowed with God's own authority in 2:9-11. This study shows that the three notions of submission, equality and authority are not as neatly compartmentalized as many assume.

Submission within the Godhead and the Church in the Epistle to the Philippians An Exegetical and Theological Examination of the Concept of Submission in Philippians 2 and 3 Press Reviews

Mention - International Review of Biblical Studies, vol. 54:2007/08 An interesting study which seeks to integrate a close reading of Philippans. - Expository Times, 1st June 2010.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780567045515
Publication date: 21st June 2007
Author: M. Sydney Park
Publisher: T.& T.Clark Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 192 pages
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About M. Sydney Park

M. Sydney park teaches New Testament at Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota and is currently Assistant Professor of New Testament at Beeson Divinity School, Birmingham, Alabama.

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